Trotter to Rauner: Time is now to approve funding for human services

trotterCHICAGO – In May, the General Assembly sent a human services emergency funding bill, with strong bipartisan support, to the governor's desk. Senate Appropriations II Chairman Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement urging the governor to be timely by signing the measure into law.

"Illinoisans should not wait unnecessarily for the state to take action when a human services budget is sitting on the governor's desk. More than $700 million will help restore community mental health services, supportive housing, meals and care for seniors, and critical funding for cancer research.

"The time is now to stop the collapse of our social safety net. Put the people of Illinois first by signing this plan into law."

Trotter votes for Will, Cook County funding

trotter 120715SPRINGFIELD – Cook and Will County residents will soon receive $102 million in critical funding for winter road maintenance, domestic shelter programs and local shares of video gaming and motor fuel tax revenue.

“Local communities have waited long enough. Freeing up critical dollars will keep the doors to domestic shelters open and keep salt on dangerous, icy roads,” said State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago, 17).

The Senate approved legislation, Senate Bill 2039, today to free up gas tax money for Cook and Will County communities. Last year Cook County received $93.94 million in gas tax money, while Will County received $8.01 million.

The bill also includes funding for the following:

•    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes
•    $165 million for home heating bill assistance
•    $77 million for 911-related costs
•    $45 million to the Dept. of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds
•    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities
•    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt
•    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections
•    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline
•    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. While Gov. Bruce Rauner stated he supports this plan, he vetoed similar measures in June when the budget impasse began.

Senator Trotter clips Radogno toenail metaphor

trotter narcanSenate Republican Leader Christine Radogno’s use of toenail health as a metaphor for Illinois’ economic condition this week was curious considering she twice voted against providing podiatry care to those desperately in need of it.

Perhaps not the prettiest of images, but she’s not wrong in turning to podiatry to illustrate her point. As she said, you can’t just slap a couple of Band-Aids on a patient suffering from rampant infection.

In the real world, that patient may be an elderly woman with diabetes. For her, a discolored toenail left untreated becomes an urgent medical condition with serious health and financial costs.

While accurate, it is ironic that Leader Radogno would invoke podiatry services as an example of comprehensive wellness since she didn’t support funding for podiatry services in the state budget. She voted against giving children access to podiatry care, and she voted against letting the poor and disabled have access to podiatry care.

I hope Leader Radogno’s comments this week signify a turnaround in her thinking and a newfound recognition of the vital role of podiatry in maintaining health and preventing expensive emergency care down the road.

-- Senator Donne E. Trotter is a Chicago Democrat and leading advocate for funding podiatry services.

Trotter reappointed as Chair of Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee

trotter bodycamsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago, 17) returned to his former position as the Democratic Chairman of the Illinois Senate Appropriations II Committee last week.

“Senate Democrats continue to believe that adequate funding for education, health care and services for children and seniors must be of the utmost priority. As the new chair, I look forward to creating bipartisan solutions to end the budget impasse our state is currently facing,” said Trotter.

Few others understand Illinois state government as well as Trotter, a veteran of the General Assembly for over two decades. The budget expert served as a long-time chairman of the Senate Appropriations I committee.

Throughout his career, he has worked to reduce unnecessary spending, encouraged streamlining of state services and earned a reputation of evenhandedness in difficult negotiating circumstances.

In addition to leading the caucus’ budget debates, Trotter serves in the Executive, Energy and Public Utilities committees and the Senate Subcommittees on Gaming, Governmental Operations and Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care.

The Chicago-educated, Cairo native has consistently stood up for people who rely upon public health and social services across Illinois.

Senator Donne E. Trotter

17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.