House Speaker Madigan: Vulnerable Protected by Short-Term Plan

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Thursday after the House passed a temporary budget to fund essential state services:

“The budget passed by the House today will ensure critical state services to some of our most vulnerable residents can continue – services such as police on our streets; health care for veterans in state veterans’ homes; home care for ill, elderly residents; meals for elderly residents; care for the developmentally disabled; and the tracking of dangerous sexual predators. The budget also makes sure state workers are paid. This budget lives within revenue projections and makes sure critical services remain in operation during the shutdown forced by Governor Rauner.

“I urge the governor to sign this measure immediately so needed services can continue and workers can be paid.

“Rejecting a balanced approach in favor of a budget that focuses on cuts alone hurts middle-class families and would severely harm the medical care services of the elderly, the disabled and struggling families, services for victims of child abuse, and nursing home care for thousands of frail elderly residents.

“My focus remains on passing a budget for the entire fiscal year that takes a balanced approach and includes spending reductions and revenue to preserve the services that the people of Illinois expect the state to deliver.”