August 2, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) expressed her congratulations to all the recent high school graduates who are able to attend college thanks to scholarships from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

“This is a great example of the state doing something positive for young men and women’s lives,” said Hunter. “They’ve been through so much and still managed to excel through the many obstacles they’ve faced. I appreciate the state’s efforts in encouraging young people to take the next step.”

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services awarded 53 students a four-year scholarship to any public university. Out of the nearly 250 applicants, the winners were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and an essay.

“It’s nice to see some good news out of DCFS for a change,” said Hunter. “This is a tremendous program that I’ve worked to support and expand.”

Two years ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed eliminating the schola...

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

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...

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