Governor Rauner Releases Some Budget Hostages But Retains Power to Take More

From: Grassroots Collaborative

Failure to pass SB570 bad news for families seeking stability

CHICAGO, IL – The following is a statement by Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative, regarding Governor Rauner’s changes cuts he made to the Child Care Assistance Program and home care announced on Monday, and today’s failure to pass SB 570.

“Governor Bruce Rauner has chosen to advance his political agenda by holding children and vulnerable Illinois families hostage. He has given a reprieve to some of the hostages through his rules change announced on Monday but without the passage SB 570 Governor Rauner maintains a free hand to take more hostages, throwing the lives of tens of thousands of Illinois families across the state into uncertainty.

Meanwhile, Rauner continues to be allowed to pay out millions to well-connected Wall Street banks with clockwork regularity. We need legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle to work in a bipartisan way to check the  Governor’s power and choose policies that value stability for Illinois families higher than the stability of Wall Street profits.”

Grassroots Collaborative continues to work with organizations across the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois to urge our legislators to pass a budget that funds the vital services and programs our communities need by passing sustainable revenue solutions that would close corporate loopholes, require the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes, and terminate toxic Wall Street Bank deals.