Illinois House Passes Funding for Municipalities, Law Enforcement & Firefighter Training, Domestic Violence Victims, Lottery and More.
On Wednesday, with bipartisan support, the Illinois House approved SB2039, a $3.1 billion agreement to release money owed to municipalities, along with funding for law enforcement and firefighter training, victims of domestic violence, lottery winners, and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The compromise was a rare showing of cooperation amongst Springfield leadership, something I have been urging for months. As a former Mayor and Chairman of the House Cities & Villages Committee, I am keenly aware of how municipalities have been patient waiting to receive their portion of the motor fuel tax, gambling revenue, and the 911 surcharge to assist with the daily operation. With winter upon us, these dollars are critical for purchasing road salt, snow removal, and other weather related road maintenance to keep our streets safe.
Since May, struggling families, children, and the elderly have been negatively impacted by the state budget impasse. Illinois has seen first-hand how a polarized political environment erodes the ability to accomplish great things. As an example, many times this year I’ve supported measures to keep vital state programs operating, to then see partisanship ultimately defeat them creating further dismay for Illinoisans.
The passage of SB2039, with bipartisan support can be viewed as a sign of progress. Our State faces enormous political and financial challenges which have accumulated over decades. I am committed to working diligently to find solutions and represent your interests in Springfield. I will continue to work cooperatively with my colleagues to enact necessary reforms, while eliminating wasteful and duplicative spending. As a taxpayer, you must be assured every tax-dollar is being spent efficiently and effectively. As your lawmaker, my top priorities are to create an environment throughout Illinois that provides improved economic opportunities for all, safe neighborhoods, and successful schools.
Click on the attached link for the document that breaks down the spending priorities set forth in SB2039. December 2, 2015 Appropriations Package Thank you for your support. I wish you a very happy holiday season and all my best in the coming New Year!