Capitol Update 6-22-16

Budget Working Groups continue to meet, Speaker cancels a third week of session

Once again Speaker Madigan has decided to cancel another week of session. With less than 10 days to the beginning of the new budget year, it is disappointing there seems to be no urgency from the Speaker’s office to bring us together to discuss these important, challenging issues. 

If members of the General Assembly are not in session—there is a 0 percent chance that a balanced, responsible budget can be passed that would provide certainty and stability to all of those who rely on state government.

With so much riding on the outcome of the progress of the working groups, I believe we need to return to session immediately and have all the members of the General Assembly have input in ending this impasse. The people we represent expect us to be at work in session, as promised, so we can work toward an agreement that will allow our schools to open on time, provide certainty to the human service community, state employees and operations, businesses and taxpayers.
 
Comptroller Munger calls for balanced budget action

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger maintains a website and a Twitter feed that track the ongoing pileup of Illinois unpaid bills.  This week the total passed $7.67 billion.  These unpaid bills are owed to healthcare providers, providers of community social services, providers of essential supplies to residential facilities and prisons, and other creditors of the State.

The numbers tracked by the Comptroller serve as a reminder that the lack of a budget and of budgetary spending controls have choked off much of the cash flow needed to pay selected bills while other areas of Illinois spending proceed unhindered because they are covered by court orders, consent decrees, and continuing appropriations.

Realizing the American Dream

If you haven't attended a Naturalization Ceremony, it is one of the more moving ceremonies you can  attend. These folks have had a long journey to US citizenship and June 17th was the day that, for many, their dreams came true at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Congratulations!

Coming up in July, we are co-hosting a Citizenship Workshop in Springfield to help documented immigrants complete their journey to citizenship. Click here for the details.

Land of Lincoln Honor Flight

What an honor it was to welcome veterans home this week after their day long Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  Hundreds of people from our community greeted them and thanked them for their service as they returned to Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on Tuesday evening.

 The next flight out of Springfield is scheduled for August; learn more about these special flights for veterans here.