“As we begin to craft a state budget in the midst of an ongoing public health crisis, we must focus on bringing relief to those hit hardest by the pandemic while making sure we control spending by eliminating inefficiencies and living within our means. Today’s proposal is just the first step in creating a responsible spending plan that meets our needs, and difficult decisions remain ahead in order to move Illinois forward on the path toward recovery.
“One thing the governor’s address made clear is that states are in dire need of federal assistance in order to cover new expenses created by the pandemic, and a robust relief package is critical to providing Illinoisans with real relief. Additionally, we must create a state budget that focuses on COVID-19 treatment and testing, as well as fair and efficient vaccine distribution while safeguarding funding for the resources our community relies on, such as funding for health care, senior services and public safety.
“We must also prioritize economic recovery by providing support for local businesses and resources for displaced workers. It is clear that increased funding is needed to provide assistance for residents facing unemployment, but the Illinois Department of Employment Security should be required to provide greater transparency and be responsive to the Illinois General Assembly in order for additional funding for their operations to be released.
“Further, our schools must receive the funding they were promised, as well as additional dollars that are necessary to safely reopen and adapt to changes brought on by COVID-19. Federal funding for elementary and secondary education does not replace evidence-based funding, and our state budget needs to assure that students are able to continue learning and teachers have the support they deserve.
“I am committed to fighting for the needs of our community, and as Chairman of the House Appropriations – General Services Committee, I will work diligently with the governor’s office and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Springfield to ensure the passage of an on-time, responsible and fair budget.”
109 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 557-4622 FAX
1014 E. Schaumburg Road
Streamwood, IL 60107
(630) 372-3342 FAX