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August 2, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1, education funding reform legislation:

“It’s unfortunate that the Governor is choosing to play politics instead of signing legislation that would fairly fund our public schools. He’s said he wants to improve our education system, yet he vetoes the most progressive funding reform bill we’ve passed in decades.

We have to change this worst-in-the-nation funding formula that is set up to hurt some of the most disenfranchised students throughout the state.

The Governor has pitted Chicago students against downstate and suburban kids. In reality, Senate Bill 1 helps students all over the state, from inner city schools to rural, poor districts.

I will continue to fight to fix our broken education system by reaching across the aisle, so that our students can get the fair funding that they so desperately deserve.”

August 2, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto to the widely supported school funding reform measure, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) released the following statement:

“Sadly, the governor continues to use our children as pawns to advance his political agenda. Governing the state of Illinois is not like playing a game of chess. The governor touts saving the children of this state by putting families first but does the complete opposite with his inexplicable inaction on much needed reforms.

By refusing to work in good faith and compromise, the governor and his allies in the General Assembly have spent more time pitting communities against one another. It has taken us 20 years to get to this point on school funding reform and we can only solve this issue together in a bipartisan fashion.

This is not about a win for Chicago, nor is it about a loss for Southern Illinois. This is about providing adequate dollars for all schools and future generations. The longer it t...

August 2, 2017

SPRINGFIELD- Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) released the following statement after Governor Bruce Rauner amendatory vetoed legislation that would provide equity in the way the state funds education:

“It comes as no surprise that the same person who was willing to mindlessly veto an entire budget would jeopardize the education of every child in Illinois. Governor Rauner has chosen to ignore 20 years of work, and support from school superintendents, principals, teachers, education experts and legislators across the state. 

The governor recognized his changes exceed his authority by suggesting the legislature could simply pass another measure. He is aware his changes are not accomplished through his amendatory veto, and his ultimate goal is to reopen budget negotiations to create more chaos.

Our children’s education risks disruption because the governor does not know how to take a win or a loss, and he is the sole person to blame should our schools fail to open t...

July 26, 2017

CHICAGO- Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) reacted to comments Governor Bruce Rauner made today claiming that every child from a disadvantaged circumstance can receive a better education under his yet-to-be revealed plan:

“The governor claims he is treating Austin, Englewood and Lawndale the same as Cicero, North Chicago and Rockford in his secret plan. While the details of

his plan are unclear, one thing is certain, he wants to take money from Chicago’s children to make his plan more appealing and pit poor communities against each other. And that is wrong.

“I have worked on fixing our education funding formula my entire career, and refuse to let any child get shortchanged on a quality education solely to appease the governor.

“Senate Bill 1 has a hold harmless provision for all school districts because we refuse to give any school less, it funds schools based on need and ensures high poverty districts get the support they desperately need.”

July 26, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois’ estimated bill backlog sits at a record $14.3 billion, state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, is calling on Gov. Rauner to sign legislation that would reform how state agencies manage their finances and reveal the full extent of the state’s debt obligations.

“With an honest, bi-partisan, balanced budget in place, this transparency bill is one step that can be made to let taxpayers know how much money is owed to various entities across Illinois, including schools and social service providers,” Welch said. “Under Governor Rauner’s reign, Illinois’ bill backlog has tripled to a crippling level, and this particular legislation offers transparency and accountability to state government that is desperately needed.”Welch’s House Bill 3649 would require agencies to report monthly to the Comptroller the liabilities they are holding, plus an estimate of the account of late interest penalties that will be paid on those bills. According to the Comptroller’s O...

July 25, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand with her and help end the school-to-prison pipeline by signing important juvenile justice reforms into law.

“We should always move swiftly when working towards justice,” Stratton said. “So that’s why Governor Rauner should take the many criminal justice reforms we have sent him, immediately sign them and help create opportunities to prevent children from unfairly being swept into the criminal justice system.”

Two major criminal justice reforms that Stratton introduced this year passed both the House and Senate and now require the governor’s signature to become law. The Stratton-introduced House Bill 2663 would limit early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues and encourage them to use community services to work with children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. In addition, the Stratton-introduced House Bill 3903 pr...

July 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –Committed to making Illinois a welcoming state, State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, and state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, respective members of the Black and Latino Caucus, unified their fellow caucus members to pen a letter to Gov. Rauner urging him to enact immigrant protections passed by the General Assembly at the end of May. 

(Pictured: State Rep. Chris Welch and state Rep. Lisa Hernandez)

“In the era of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, it is crucial that we come together, and speak up for one another because an attack on one of us is an attack against all of us,” Welch said. “African-Americans and Latinos have made tremendous gains in the last few decades and we cannot let a misguided president roll-back that progress, which is why this legislation and the fact that the members who represent some of the most diverse districts in Illinois came together in solidarity for one another speaks volumes. Again, I urge Governor Rauner to make it clear t...

July 20, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, D-Chicago, will continue to fight to provide working families with affordable child care after ending Gov. Rauner’s budget crisis.

“Working families throughout Illinois have lost access to affordable child care due to the governor’s budget crisis,” said Conyears-Ervin. “As a mother, I know how difficult it can be to find someone who will care for your child at an affordable rate. By passing a budget, working families can again have access to this vital service.”

When Governor Rauner’s budget crisis began, working families across Illinois were cut off from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). One of the first bills Conyears-Ervin introduced as a new legislator, House Bill 721, would restore the eligibility threshold to 185% of the federal-poverty level to ensure that families always have access to the vital program that helps parents have childcare when they are at work or school. In the budget that Conyears-Ervin passed, families will aga...

July 19, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stand with her and help end the school-to-prison pipeline by signing important juvenile justice reforms into law.

“We should always move swiftly when working towards justice,” Stratton said. “So that’s why Governor Rauner should take the many criminal justice reforms we have sent him, immediately sign them and help create opportunities to prevent children from unfairly being swept into the criminal justice system.”

Two major criminal justice reforms that Stratton introduced this year passed both the House and Senate and now require the governor’s signature to become law. The Stratton-introduced House Bill 2663 would limit early-childhood providers from expelling vulnerable students with perceived behavioral issues and encourage them to use community services to work with children and families to address behavioral issues that students might display. In addition, the Stratton-introduced House Bill 3903 pr...

July 7, 2017

CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, issued the following statement upon voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto of a full-year, bipartisan, balanced budget:

“Our governor is a billionaire – so three years with no budget has not changed his life. For my residents, three years without a budget is an eternity."

“That is why I am so disappointed that the governor vetoed our budget. Our budget funds our universities, domestic violence shelters, anti-violence programs, Meals on Wheels and every other program that takes care of our most vulnerable. Our budget even received 15 Republican votes. And the governor still could not find the sense to sign it into law."

 “My override vote today fully funds the social service agencies forced to reduce services, cut staff and shut their doors. My override vote today ensures our local schools open in the fall and provides our students the aide required to attend college. My override vote today fully funds preventive mammograms and other cri...

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