Senate passes one-month emergency services budget, votes to pay state workers

steans-tempbudgetSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago 7th) issued the following statement on the temporary budget the Senate passed today to fund essential health and safety functions and pay state workers:

This one-month budget ensures that the health and safety of Illinois residents are not put at risk while the governor and the General Assembly continue their negotiations. It also authorizes paying state workers at current levels. They are still on the job, providing vital services, and they deserve full compensation.

Today’s action does not set us on a path to unsustainable spending. With the exception of salaries, it would fund only 13 of the nearly 100 state agencies. I urge the governor to sign the emergency measure we’ve sent to his desk, because it will give us space to work together to develop a complete budget that responsibly balances spending cuts and new revenue to keep Illinois moving forward.

Senator Heather Steans


7th District

Years served: 2008 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I (Chairperson); Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Executive; Government Accountability/Pensions; Human Services; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS) (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born May 8, 1963, in Lake Forest, IL; B.A. in Urban Studies from Princeton; M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; former budget director, WI Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and former strategic planner, Chicago Public Schools; married (husband, Leo Smith) with three children.

Associated Representatives:
Kelly M. Cassidy
Gregory Harris