Springfield—Funding for child care facilities, court reporters and correctional officers has been restored this week as Governor Bruce Rauner negotiated a budget fix for the $1.6 billion fiscal hole that he inherited, said State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry).
“Governor Rauner has accomplished something that no Illinois governor has managed to do in the past 12 years, negotiate a bipartisan, balanced budget,” said Sen. Althoff. “His efforts demonstrate what can be accomplished when political agendas are set aside and lawmakers work across the aisle to solve a problem.”
The function of the Emergency Budget Act is to give the Governor the authority to move money around to help address the most critical fiscal shortfalls to prevent job losses for court reporters and corrections workers, and service interruptions for child care programs. However, despite this significant step forward, Sen. Althoff notes lawmakers cannot stop here and will have to continue to work together to make long-term reforms to restore fiscal stability in Illinois.
“Although the work is far from over, I am encouraged that we were able to work together to reach a compromise that significantly affects people’s lives,” said Sen. Althoff. “As we move forward, I am optimistic that our accomplishments today will serve as a guide for future progress in Illinois.”