Also funds cancer screenings, LIHEAP, job training, addiction services and more
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) issued the following statement on budget legislation the Senate passedÂ to allow $4.8 billion federal funding to be used for purposes such as energy bill assistance, infant nutrition, cancer screenings, substance abuse treatment, developmental disabilities services and job training:
As a public servant, I uphold and fight for the democratic values that define this state and nation. Justice and equality demand that the people and their representatives not ignore the needs of those who cannot care for themselves or advocate for themselves.
Yet in the ongoing state budget impasse, their needs have been ignored in shocking ways â€“ frail senior citizens denied home care services, at-risk youth with nowhere to go after school but the streets, a day care center for children with HIV/AIDS threatened with closure and families whose medically fragile infants must have expensive, specialty formulas told that at the end of this week, they will be on their own.
I was proud to vote my values today as the Senate, in an encouraging show of bipartisanship, passed legislation that releases federal funding for a wide variety of state programs, including those that serve our most vulnerable populations. I urge my colleagues to continue to push for a budget resolution that recognizes our shared moral responsibility to assist and uplift those in need.
The legislation, Senate Bill 2042, must now be approved by the House before going to the governorâ€™s desk.