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Senators react to latest cuts from governor

sb-mh-dt-budgcutreaxThe governor announced he will shut down statewide construction projects, end youth employment and violence prevention programs, among more than $400 million in other cuts to essential programs.

“He’s further cutting essential programs. He’s even cutting what he wants," State Senator Donne E. Trotter (D-Chicago) said. "He’s proposing cuts to businesses that bring in millions of dollars. He’s shutting down construction projects that employ hundreds of workers. Construction companies are businesses.”

The governor’s announcement included eliminating youth employment and violence prevention programs such as Operation CeaseFire.

“Governor Rauner needs to think about real people versus political posturing and intimidation tactics. He is cutting services that protect youth and give them opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have," State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) said. "He is aiming at the middle-class and low-income families struggling to make ends meet. I don’t know why the governor would make it a priority to hurt working families.”

State Senator Scott Bennett's (D-Champaign) reaction to Governor Rauner’s newest round of budget cuts were focused on cuts affecting the Illinois Department of State Police.

“We need a fair and balanced budget. Instead, Governor Rauner’s latest round of scare tactics are a threat to our public safety.  As a former prosecutor, I have seen how the law enforcement community has struggled to find the resources to test evidence in cases of sexual assault, murder and other violent offenses in a timely manner," Bennett said.

"With new forensic testing, DNA evidence can provide answers. Forensic testing can solve tough cases or exonerate a falsely-accused suspect. With the current forensic backlog, however, state laboratories are forced to limit what evidence from an investigation they are able to test. By eliminating funding for new forensic equipment, Governor Rauner is threatening public safety and forcing people to sit in jail for crimes they may not have even committed. It’s unacceptable that Governor Rauner would choose to ignore the newest technology available and is allowing Illinois crime victims and the accused to wait too long for their days in court.”

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