Willis: Governor’s Budget Address a First Step in Moving State Forward

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Northlake, issued the following statement after Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget address on Wednesday:

“In his budget address today, Gov. Pritzker laid the groundwork for a budget which recognizes the unprecedented challenges we face. As members of the General Assembly, we are tasked with taking the administration’s budget proposal as a starting point in the process of crafting a balanced budget – particularly one that controls spending, lives within our means and meets our most pressing needs.

“I stand ready and willing to work with Gov. Pritzker and our federal partners to ensure immediate federal assistance is provided to those hit hardest by COVID. It is critically important that we prioritize widespread vaccine distribution and availability, introduce safe school reopening plans, and continue to provide access to testing and treatment.

“The need for Congress to act swiftly to help us meet these existing and persistent challenges is more important now than ever. I am committed to getting to work to deliver a carefully crafted budget that recognizes the moment we are in.”