“As we begin budget negotiations amid a pandemic, it’s essential to continue funding the services that have helped keep Illinois citizens safe, such as free testing and vaccine distribution. In addition to these vital services, we must prioritize the needs of those most affected by the pandemic by ensuring housing security, providing accessible mental healthcare, and offering resources to small businesses to keep our communities strong. At the same time, it is important to continue work on criminal justice reform and violence prevention.
“The governor has offered a good starting point for our state to address the budget crisis caused by the pandemic. As a legislator, I look forward to working with the governor’s office to address Illinois’ most pressing budgetary issues.”