Willis: Opposes to Slashing Funding

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.

Governor Rauner’s refusal to negotiate a fair and responsible budget has pushed many of our state’s social service providers to the breaking point. His budget crisis is forcing organizations to eliminate services, and is forcing childcare providers to close their doors. This hurts children with disabilities, and forces families to quit their jobs and stop going to school to care for their children. Passing a fair and responsible budget remains my top priority, but I will oppose any efforts to slash funding for Early Intervention and Childcare providers.

Many middle-class families rely on these programs, and it is wrong to ask those who are already struggling to sacrifice even more than they already are. Instead, I am backing a plan demanding millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share to help fund these vital services. This may not be a popular opinion, but I am ready to stand up and fight on behalf of our most vulnerable residents.

We must end the Rauner budget crisis, and by raising new revenue from the very wealthy, we can balance our budget without harming middle-class families. The Governor has a duty to do his job and negotiate a fair and responsible budget.

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.