Willis Votes to Override Gov. Rauners Veto of Debt Transparency Act

Springfield, Ill. – In a move to fight for more transparency in state government, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of bipartisan legislation that will give taxpayers a more accurate accounting of state finances.

“It is concerning Gov. Rauner vetoed the Debt Transparency Act in an attempt to hide the bills his state agencies have racked up,” Willis said. “This measure is necessary for us to move forward and begin healing our states debt.”

Willis sponsored the Debt Transparency Act, House Bill 3649, which requires state agencies to report monthly to the comptroller the liabilities they are holding, plus an estimate of the amount of late interest penalties that will be paid on those bills, giving taxpayers a clear look at how their tax dollars are being managed. A recent report by the Associated Press found that state agencies have failed to submit $7.5 billion in bills for payment, expanding the state’s debt and incurring additional late-payment penalties.

Rauner vetoed the measure, refusing to reveal the full extent of state debt accrued as a result of his budget crisis. Willis joined with Democrats and Republicans to override the governor’s veto and ensure that taxpayers do not end up paying more than they already have because of financial mismanagement.

“With the state suffering economically, we need a clearer idea of what debts we owe,” Willis said. “Through the Debt Transparency Act, we will take a step in the right direction to begin fixing some of our budgetary issues.”

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.