Text Size
Login
config

Senate Black Caucus delivers full balanced budget

blk caucus 052517With the end of session looming, the Senate Black Caucus led the charge on presenting and passing a full balanced Senate budget. When it became apparent that partisan lines were drawn and the governor wanted to further hurt our state’s most vulnerable populations, the Senate Black Caucus stood together to provide the necessary votes.

Assistant Majority Leader Caucus Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood), joint chairwoman of Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, said in a statement, “We made an effort today to prevent the governor from causing more suffering to our most vulnerable populations with a plan that gives our state stability.”

The Senate Black Caucus accepted the responsibility of voting on a combination of cuts, reforms and revenue that will bring stability to a state that has been brought to the brink of devastation by the governor and his inability to do the job. With this measure, universities and community colleges will see more money than they’ve received in the past two years, students would receive MAP grant funding and a variety of human service programs the governor has proposed cutting would be reinstated.

In addition, $330 million in added funding for public schools and $35 million extra for early childhood programs was included. Funding was prioritized for grants for after-school programs and advanced-placement classes.

Illinois has gone without a budget for two years, and people and institutions are suffering immensely under the governor’s preferred approach, which apparently begins and ends with doing nothing and then blaming everyone around him for the fallout.

“Every week that goes by without acting, Illinois digs itself deeper and deeper into a financial hole that will eventually be impossible to dig out of. It’s past time to do something for the good of our state,” State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights). As chairwoman of the Senate Black Caucus, she has been an advocate for doing what is necessary to ensure families around our state have access to beneficial resources.

Hutchinson was lead Senate sponsor of Senate Bill 9, which doubles the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit for working families that has been credited with lifting millions above the poverty line since its creation in the 1980s. 

The budget now moves to the House of Representatives where it will be deliberated.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE

News Releases

IMAGE Sandoval named to Pritzker’s Infrastructure Committee
Thursday, 13 December 2018
CHICAGO – State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago), Chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Transportation Committee, was named to Governor-elect...

Read More...
IMAGE Sims named chair of Council of State Governments Midwest
Monday, 10 December 2018
SPRINGFIELD —The Council of State of Governments Midwest Leadership Conference, which includes lawmakers of 11 Midwestern states and four Canadian...

Read More...
IMAGE Cullerton’s new law will put stop to bloated golden parachutes
Thursday, 06 December 2018
VILLA PARK – Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Illinois will have a new law on the books to fight the misuse of taxpayer dollars. The law sponsored by State...

Read More...
IMAGE Bertino-Tarrant’s business program for veterans has immediate impact
Wednesday, 05 December 2018
PLAINFIELD – Illinois veterans are taking advantage of a program championed by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) to provide...

Read More...
IMAGE Murphy helps add additional ADA Paratransit ticket purchase location
Wednesday, 05 December 2018
DES PLAINES – A local Jewel-Osco store will now offer ADA Paratransit tickets, thanks to the efforts of State Senator Laura Murphy (D – Des...

Read More...

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube