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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement regarding the House’s two-day Committee of the Whole beginning Tuesday to hear from state agency directors on a looming government shutdown:

“We asked a number of agency directors to come before the House to give us answers to very specific questions about the impact of a shutdown. We’re looking forward to hearing from Governor Rauner’s agency directors on their plans if a government shutdown occurs, particularly their strategy for meeting the needs of those requiring services and how they plan to address continuity of care for individuals who will suffer as a result of services no longer being provided. This is important information for the people of Illinois to have if the state is moving toward a Rauner-imposed government shutdown, and these hearings will help shed needed light on how the Rauner administration plans to lead in that situation.”

Directors from 15 state agencies have been invited to testify before the full House on their plans should a budget agreement not be reached by July 1, including how their agencies plan to handle casework, phone calls and other requests for assistance from those in need. Invited agencies are:

  • Department on Aging
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Central Management Services
  • Department of Children and Family Services
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Employment Security
  • Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Department of Healthcare and Family Services
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Transportation
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Illinois State Police
Letters were delivered to agency directors last Thursday asking them to appear before the House.
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