No sooner did the House override the governor’s veto of the Illinois budget Thursday afternoon than Evanston’s Sen. Daniel Biss issued a statement calling for movement on other issues facing the state.
The gubernatorial candidate lauded the legislators on both sides of the aisle who “followed their consciences instead of their leaders” to avoid the “catastrophe” of another year without a budget, then prodded them to go to work to solve the state’s long term problems.
“We need to build on this collaboration,” he declared, “and come together to create real progress by making the rich pay their fair share to fund our schools, protect people’s health care, and get our economy moving.”
State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, whose district includes part of Evanston, said the budget approved by lawmakers cuts current state spending by nearly $3 billion and will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion less than the govbernor’s proposed budget.
“This is an important step forward to provide stability to families and businesses across the state and we know that our work is not finished,” Fine added.
The House, Fine said, “has approved several compromise pieces of legislation from the governor’s list of demands, including updating the school funding formula, enacting workers’ compensation reforms, selling of the Thompson Center and changing the way the state can purchase goods. These are good faith efforts to work with the governor, but even when he agrees with 90 percent of the legislation, he refuses to accept a compromise.”