SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, was sworn into office on Wednesday to begin serving her second full term as the legislator for the 43rd Illinois House District in the 100th General Assembly and released the following statement:
“It is an honor to be trusted by the people of the 43rd district with the responsibility of being their voice in Springfield. Like many Illinoisans, I am frustrated by the gridlock that has plagued Springfield and will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a responsible budget and end the impasse.
“If Illinois continues to operate without a budget, the consequences will be dire. Seniors who rely on the Community Care Program would be forced into nursing homes – costing taxpayers more money, social service agencies that care for our most vulnerable will be forced to reduce staff and close their doors, and the opening of grade and high schools in the fall would be threatened. We cannot let this happen, as it would have a devastating impact on our state.
“That’s why I urge the governor to restart bipartisan working groups, because they have had success in the past in finding budget compromises. With a new General Assembly comes a new opportunity for the governor and Republican and Democratic legislators to find common ground to get a budget passed and ensure that the state gets back on the right track.
“While I’m not in Springfield, I look forward to continue local outreach to hear from as many constituents as possible through coffee shop visits, visits to local schools and businesses, walking door-to-door throughout the community, and hosting events from a Fox River Clean Up in April to a July Senior Fair.”