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Reaction Coming In From Illinois' New Budget

(This story will be updated as more reaction becomes available.)


With a new budget in place in Illinois for the first time in two years, many lawmakers and officials are reacting to the news of the state budget being passed.


State Senator Andy Manar says he’s disappointed Governor Rauner would veto a budget that received bi-partisan support.



Hear Manar's full thoughts here:



UPDATE 11:45 A.M. State Representative Avery Bourne says Michael Madigan should have put a budget up for a vote long before the original Sunday vote.



Hear Bourne's full thoughts here:



UPDATE 1:20 P.M. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says although there is pension reform in this budget that could trickle down to benefit local communities, there is still more that needs to be done.



Hear Barry's full thoughts here:



UPDATE 1:20 P.M. Taylorville Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau says he hopes lessons have been learned from the budget impasse, because he doesn’t want to see Illinois school districts be the one to suffer again.



Hear Fuerstenau's full thoughts here:



UPDATE 12:15 P.M. Hear House Speaker Michael Madigan's full thoughts here:



UPDATE 12:15 P.M. Hear State Comptroller Susana Mendoza's full thoughts here:



State Representative Sue Scherer released this statement:


“When the budget package went to Governor Rauner’s desk, I sincerely hoped and believed that he would finally see the need to come back to the table, and negotiate an end to the crisis he created. I hoped he would see an opportunity to build off of the $3 billion in spending cuts we identified in our budget. But the governor’s total veto and his refusal to negotiate left me with an unfortunate choice: override his veto and support a deal I didn’t fully agree with, or follow the governor over a cliff, bringing millions of Illinois families down with us.


Let me be clear: This budget was not everything I wanted it to be. It’s not the deal I think we could have reached if the governor had been willing to work in good faith. But the bipartisan, balanced budget deal is hands down better than the governor’s counteroffer of nothing. A third year of this crisis could have put taxpayers on the hook for a $26 billion tax hike as the governor would continue to rack up billions of dollars in debt with no way to pay for it. Our schools would have closed. The elderly would have lost critical medical care. 


None of the Republicans or Democrats who voted for this bill wanted to come to this point. We stood together because Illinois needs a budget. It became clear this week that the governor would not make the tough decisions needed to end his crisis, so I did.” 


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White released this statement:



"I applaud the bipartisan effort today by the Illinois General Assembly. My top priority remains providing the highest level of customer service to the people of Illinois in a fiscally responsible manner. With the implementation of a full budget, my office can do just that." 


Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs released this statement:


“Today’s vote to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the budget was the only option to restore vital funding to universities, social service agencies, and try to avoid another credit downgrade.


“This is not a time to rejoice. Today only brings us a bit of relief, but it is a step in the right direction to put Illinois back on track,” Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said.


“The courage shown by several Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly is commendable. My hope is that the bipartisanship of these last few days will continue.


“The Governor’s failure to lead will be felt in Illinois for decades to come. It is hard to determine how long it will take for our universities, social service agencies, and businesses to recover.


“Today, we must acknowledge that these were self-inflicted wounds and commit that we never again will put politics above people.”


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