July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – By ending Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis, state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, increased access to economic development programs that create new jobs and improve the economy.

“The governor’s budget crisis has created irreparable damage to our state, and the best way that we can repair that damage is to invest in our communities,” said Conyears-Ervin. “The budget that I supported will once again fund programs that assist people with resume writing and job training, which ultimately will make our workforce more skilled and competitive.”

To create new jobs in low-income communities, Conyears-Ervin supported the state budget that ended Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis. The budget contained $18.4 million for job training grants and $2.15 million for community and economic development programs, which ensures funding for the African-American Family Commission. As a freshman legislator, Conyears-Ervin has made job creation one of her top priorities. One of the first pieces of legislat...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – As a way to help her constituents understand important developments in Springfield, especially about the budget, state Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, met with residents at a town hall meeting with State Treasurer Michael Frerichs at the Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church in Chicago on Saturday.  

“A budget does not just consist of numbers on a page,” said Stratton. “A budget reflects our values – and I can tell you this budget shows we value children, families and our community.”

During the town hall Stratton spoke about the funding for important programs in the most recent budget, including funding for child nutrition, domestic violence shelters and assistance for low-income students to attend college. The town hall, held with Frerichs, touched on important topics such as allowing residents to access funding for higher education and how education can improve public safety. A number of other local officials were present, including Kim Foxx, Cook County...

July 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of a balanced budget:

“Today, the Illinois Senate once again moved to end the chaos of the last two years by passing a full-year, balanced budget.

“The Senate’s balanced budget will reinstate funding for MAP grants, P-12 education, youth-employment and after-school programs, technical education, and other important human services that help treat addiction and reduce recidivism rates—all of which will help restore stability to communities that have been most devastated by Governor Rauner’s inaction over the past two-and-a-half years.

“I urge the governor to end the chaos and provide support for our communities that have been hurt the most by the state’s budget crisis by signing the Senate’s balanced budget plan into law.”

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