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Cullerton talks budget numbers, override at City Club (VIDEO)

jjc cityclub070617Senate President John Cullerton spoke at the City Club's breakfast this morning. Here are his prepared remarks, after which he answered reporters' questions:

Good morning.

Thank you for the opportunity to be here. I always look forward to talking to this group.

I’m pleased to finally have something to talk about in regards to our budget.

But before I put everyone to sleep with a long discussion of budget numbers, I want to begin with some audience participation.

Cullerton cites Radogno's cooperation, professionalism

jjc cr CST 0117SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the pending retirement of his colleague and friend Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

She and I began as Senate leaders on the same day. We started our relationship in those roles by voting for each other. We then turned our attention to the impeachment trial. We followed that up with a long-overdue, bipartisan agreement on investing in roads, bridges, schools and other infrastructure.

Budget crisis creates challenges for Chicago healthcare provider

aquino 062917SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Omar Aquino, a Chicago Democrat, emphasized the importance of a balanced, full-year budget in bringing stability and certainty to community healthcare providers in his district and across Illinois. Aquino pointed to the toll that the budget crisis has already taken on Erie Family Health Center, a Chicago safety net healthcare provider that has been forced to work through a wide variety of issues over the last two years.

“I am glad to hear that there is some bipartisan cooperation in state government as we work toward passing a budget,” Aquino said, referring to ongoing negotiations in the Illinois General Assembly.

Hunter: We cannot continue to fail our young people

hunter062917SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to address the growing number of out-of-school and jobless youth in Illinois, legislation sponsored by State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) passed both legislative chambers, which will create a statewide task force to develop programs and opportunities for this rapidly increasing population.

“We cannot continue to fail our young people,” said Hunter. “The first step to fixing this problem is listening to the young people who will become our next leaders. When I talk to youth in my district their number one request is to bring jobs to the community.