Willis: Seniors Need Services

NORTHLAKE, IL – As the General Assembly continue to reconvene in Springfield for a special session, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, released the following statement.

The budget impasse of the last two years has caused catastrophic damage to Illinois’ senior citizens and the organizations that provide seniors with life-saving services. Senior advocacy groups and service providers are being forced to cut services, lay-off caregivers, and in some cases, even close their doors. It’s simply unacceptable.

We cannot continue to rely on court ordered payments and borrowed money; instead, we need a new course of action that will help put these groups back on their feet and continue to provide the critical services that seniors across the state depend on.

It’s unconscionable that a senior has to worry if he or she is going to get their next meal because of cuts to Meals on Wheels, the governor continues to demand his corporate agenda that benefits huge corporations and the state’s wealthiest residents. We need a new path forward that raises revenue for vital services by closing corporate tax loopholes and asking the most affluent to pay their fair share.

By taking this approach, our seniors can rest assured that they will get their dinner on time or that they will receive the in-home care that allows them to stay in the neighborhood they’ve lived in for decades, rather than a costly nursing home.

As a state we have a serious choice to make. We can continue to decimate these vital services or create new revenue that will allow our most vulnerable residents to live with dignity. I hope the governor will come to his senses and join me in supporting new streams of revenue.

Call Governor Rauner at 217-782-0244 and tell him to drop his corporate agenda, begin compromising on a budget and demand that his super-wealthy friends pay their fair share in taxes.

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.