News from State Rep Anthony DeLuca

 

Dear Constituent,

As the traditional legislative session concluded Tuesday Night, the governor and legislators were once again unable to reach an agreement on the state budget.  While disappointed, I remain optimistic and determined that we will find common ground and enact much needed reforms so we can accomplish great things for the people of Illinois.

Lawmakers from both parties have been meeting on a regular basis searching and identifying areas where agreement can be reached.  I’m confident our bipartisan working groups can be successful because during the past month we have already been able to find solutions to provide emergency funding to colleges and universities, as well as our human service providers.  The governor quickly signed the agreement lawmakers sent him to fund our colleges and universities, and the funding for human service providers awaits his signature.

We must realize these emergency measures fall short of a state budget, and that is why last week the house approved Senate Bill 2048, which was a spending framework for Fiscal Year 2017.  Basically a list of spending priorities, SB2048 will spend less money than the budget that was sent to the governor last year for Fiscal Year 2016.  It also preserved funding for services that are being funded through court orders and consent decrees.

Additionally, SB2048 protected our most vulnerable citizens.  It included funding for life-saving breast cancer treatments, medical care for the elderly, services for children with developmental disabilities, abused and neglected children, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and many other services families across my district and the state rely on.  Also, the plan will ensure public schools will open this fall and provides additional funding for schools in my district.  I know this plan was imperfect, but it is one way to address the budget impasse and protect citizens.

The House of Representatives will continue to meet in Springfield every week in June.  I stand ready to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to get the job done.  For the sake of the people of Illinois, now more than ever, it is our duty to focus on policy, not politics.


Sincerely,
Illinois 80th District includes portions of:
Townships: Bloom, Crete, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Rich, and Wilton
Municipalities: Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Manhattan, Matteson, Mokena, Monee, New Lenox, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, South Chicago Heights, Steger, Symerton University Park, and Wilmington
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