Willis: Governor Must Compromise to Pass Budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, issued the following statement following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address on Wednesday:

“As elected officials, we have a duty to find solutions to problems that face our communities and the state of Illinois. For the past year, we have been in a constant state of conflict with the governor, who refuses to pass a budget without receiving support for his agenda that would hurt middle-class families and drive down wages for workers. The governor and the General Assembly need to come together in order to pass a budget that will not damage our students, working families, and seniors.

“Countless residents throughout our state rely upon state funding. Without a solution, low-income college students will have to suspend their educations because they rely on MAP grants that are still unfunded. Mental health providers will have to deny those in need because they cannot afford to provide services without state funding. Seniors who rely on Meals on Wheels will go without home food delivery. These are the people who rely on our state government the most, and they are held hostage by this stalemate. I will continue to work in order to pass a budget which will take care of our most vulnerable citizens, and I urge the governor and my colleagues to join me in finding a common ground.”