Delgado: Leaders' meeting needs to pave way for solution

Delgado senior cutsSPRINGFIELD- Illinois has been without a budget for months, and the public’s patience is wearing thin. Following a meeting between the four legislative leaders and the governor Tuesday afternoon in Springfield to discuss the budget, state Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) issued the following statement.

“Having a face-to-face meeting should bring about positive discussions and work us closer to a budget solution,” Delgado said. “I’ve said it before. People in my communities are suffering more and more with each passing day, and they’re wondering why meetings like this haven’t been happening for months.”

“If this proves to be even marginally productive, then meetings like this need to be held on a regular basis until our budget problem is solved. Let’s move our state forward,” said Delgado.

Delgado partners with local vendors, community organizations for back to school fair (VIDEO)

CHICAGO-In order to help students get prepared for the school year, State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined with local businesses to host a back to school health and education fair on Saturday, August 29. The event, hosted at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Hermosa, offered free school supplies, backpacks, flu shots, child identification cards, a dance fitness class and a wide variety of other services.

“I’m so glad I was able to give back to this community that has already given me so much,” Delgado said. “The families and children that joined us today are my neighbors and friends. The generosity that all of these vendors has shown for all of them is truly inspiring.”

"The 1st all kids back to school health and education fair was an initiative started by a concerned neighbor. Hair stylist and long-time Hermosa resident Sammy Soto came to Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and Senator Delgado with a concrete plan to make this event a reality. It was very humbling to see the community coming together under the leadership of Senator Delgado, who immediately made this event a priority,” said Omar Torres-Kortright, executive director of Segundo Ruiz.

“His office went to work and secured sponsors and partners that provided free book bags, school supplies and medical services ranging from flu shots to dental, hearing and vision screenings. Sammy's Hair studio provided 100 free haircuts and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center was happy to provide its 4500 sq ft facility, staff, volunteers and a dance and fitness class to complement the many resources already available. The event was a complete success and a clear example of what can be accomplished when public officials partner with local residents and arts organizations for the good of all children," Omar Torres-Kortright said.

Construction on veterans home stalled amid budget negotiation

delgado vets homeCHICAGO- State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) joined Alderman Villegas on Monday in support of his effort to fund a construction project for a veterans home in Chicago. The project is at a standstill due to a lack of funding.

“Our veterans deserve and depend on this home as a very important resource,” Delgado said. “If this project falls apart it will prevent them from living a worry-free life, and that is unacceptable.”

If it’s completed, the home would be capable of housing 200 veterans in private rooms fitted with private bathrooms and would feature a common dining area and recreational facilities. The federal government has committed to supply 65 percent of the required funding, but the governor recently rescinded about $4 million of the remaining state funding needed to complete the project. If the funding is not restored the grants from the federal government may be jeopardized. The scheduled opening date for the facility has already been pushed back about 6 months to January 2017.

Delgado meets with seniors to discuss impact of budget impass

Delgado-senior-cutsCHICAGO- As the state continues into its fourth week without a spending plan in place, individuals and families who receive services from the state have been left to wonder when, and if, the funding for their programs will be restored. Today, State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) visited with residents of the Victory Centre of Galewood, a supportive senior living facility, to discuss their concerns over their state funding and the looming cuts that the governor has proposed.  

“For every day that we continue without a budget, the worry and the concern of those individuals who rely on state programs grows,” said Delgado. “It’s terrible that the fight in Springfield is impacting the ability of some of my senior communities to live comfortably and worry free. I know that my colleagues, the Senate President and myself are working each and every day to find a solution to this and give our constituents peace of mind.”        

In the ongoing budget negotiations, the governor has proposed significant cuts to the portion of the state budget that funds supportive living services. Included in his plans was the idea to increase the determination of need (DON) score, a government ranking system to determine who does and who does not get assistance, from 29 to 37. Under this proposal, individuals who do not score high enough on the DON scale would lose out on their services. This would likely cause about 4,000-5,000 seniors in the supportive living program to lose eligibility for their services, and force them out of their current housing facilities.

Sen. William Delgado

delgado-hs 2nd District

Years served:
1999 - 2006 (House); 2006 - 2016 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Human Services; Education (Chairperson); Committee of the Whole. (99th G.A.)

Biography: Full-time state legislator; born in Newark, N.J.; B.A. in criminal justice from Northeastern University; Leadership Chairman of the 2nd Legislative District's Volunteer Political Organization; married (wife, Iris), has two children.