CHICAGO – State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, issued the following statement Wednesday after the governor’s annual budget address:

“Today’s budget proposal is a starting point in an ongoing process, but I am encouraged by the priorities outlined by the governor. This pandemic has caused an incredible amount of pain for families, and our state spending plan must protect our most vulnerable by supporting human services, mental health care, senior programs, domestic violence shelters, health care providers and other programs needed now more than ever.

“I agree with the governor that we must invest in our higher education system. Not only are schools serving an important economic role during the pandemic, they will be a critical component of our long-term economic recovery. We should concentrate on job training programs, relief for small business owners and apply renewed focus on the Illinois Department of Employment Security and other services that assist those facing unemployment.

“The challenges facing our state affect all residents, regardless of background. This pandemic has had a profound impact, whether you live in an urban or rural area, and I am hopeful that both Republicans and Democrats will write a budget together that underscores our values and need to assist our most vulnerable through this crisis. Bipartisanship should not be lost when hard decisions are made.”

Rep. La Shawn FordRep. La Shawn Ford

8th District

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