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Senate Democrats begin process for fiscally responsible FY 25 budget

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus heard the governor’s state budget proposal Wednesday and will immediately begin bipartisan, bicameral conversations to bring forth a balanced budget that prioritizes Illinoisans in all corners of the state.

“The governor’s proposal is a good start. Senate Democrats look forward to the discussion of how to balance our serious needs with fiscal realities in the weeks and months ahead,” said Senate President Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). “My goal is to cross the finish line with a bipartisan, balanced budget that reflects our shared goals of responsibility and security and invests in key priorities for the State of Illinois.”

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Illinois Black Caucus calls for real investments following governor's proposal

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus called a press conference Wednesday to offer their responses to Governor Pritzker’s annual budget address.

“We saw a proposed budget that acknowledges a handful of issues that disproportionately affect Black communities, such as gun violence, maternal mortality rates, and economic access and equity,” said State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago), Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Senate chair. “The ILBC fought hard to enact four key pillars to reform Illinois and dismantle systemic racism across the state. I look forward to fighting alongside my colleagues to ensure adequate funding reaches the communities that need it most as we move forward with budget negotiations.”

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Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus outlines priorities following governor's budget adddress

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus outlined a number of their investment priorities focused on Latino communities following the governor’s budget address Wednesday.

“We are pleased that the proposal strives to address items of importance to the Latino community, from health care to education,” said Senate Latino Caucus Chair Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago). “Our community is growing and it’s not going anywhere.”

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