SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Yehiel “Mark” Kalish, D-Chicago, issued the following statement following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s budget address:
“The last four years have caused serious fiscal damage to our state, our backlog of bills nearly tripled, while the state racked up over a billion dollar in late payment fees as a result of Bruce Rauner’s budget crisis.
“Today Governor Pritzker outlined his plans for a fresh start for Illinois. Addressing the serious challenges Illinois faces will require bipartisan and good-faith negotiations. While righting our state’s fiscal house, we must balance working to repair the damage caused to social service programs that provide a lifeline to our most vulnerable residents.
“I have faith that by working together we can put our state on a new path that creates a brighter future for every resident in Illinois.”