Issues: State of Illinois Budget Impasse
LWVIL Call for Action
The League of Women Voters of Illinois calls upon Governor Rauner and legislative leaders, House Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, House Republican Leader Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Radogno to pass a budget immediately that provides adequate revenue to fund essential state services, pension debt and infrastructure needs.
The following video, letters to the editor and news articles illustrate the League position, in partnership with the Responsible Budget Coalition and good government organizations.
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Budget Impasse Video
This You Tube Video was produced by Jean Pierce, Co-Chair of the LWVIL Issues Committee and is approximately 13 minutes long:
November 14, 2015
Governor Rauner rescheduled the November 18 meeting with legislative leaders to December 1, after House Speaker Madigan released a statement indicating his need to attend an out of town family funeral would have precluded him from attending the original meeting.
October 23, 2015
Governor Rauner invites legislative leaders, House Speaker Madigan, Senate President Cullerton, House Republican Leader Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Radogno to a meeting November 18 "thanks to the invitation of a few advocacy groups" referring the to the Illinois Campaign for Political, LWVIL and others.
A joint letter to the editor, exclusively published by the Chicago Tribune, and co-signed by a number of non-partisan civic organizations, including the LWVIL, has pushed the Governor and legislative leaders to plan a meeting for November 18.
June 30, 2015
LWVIL encouraged members to ask the Governor and state legislators to work together to pass a fair, adequate and fully funded Fiscal Year 2016 budget, that raises the revenues needed to ensure ongoing access to services and supports, before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st. • Raising income tax rates • Expanding the sales tax base to include services • Refinancing the state’s debt • Taxing retirement income