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Cullerton reacts to Rauner's Iowa trip away from budget work

58cc66efdbd49.image On Monday, the governor could be found in Iowa at a groundbreaking on a bi-state construction project to build a new I-74 bridge over the Mississippi River. The Illinois Department of Transportation are parters with their Iowa counterparts on the project designed to improve safety and better travel.

Senate President John J. Cullerton is concerned: while the project is good for Illinois, without a budget solution, might this be the last such project if the state's credit rating is downgraded to junk status? Other lawmakers wondered why the governor spent the day in Iowa when dire, pressing budget impasse effects continue as the fiscal year clock runs down.

Nothing for Rauner, anyone else to be happy about amid financial chaos, says Senate President

happy raunerSPRINGFIELD -- With a financial crisis erupting around his administration, Governor Bruce Rauner recently told a Chicago columnist that he’s the happiest he’s been in 20 years.

Senate President John Cullerton was asked for his response and said there’s nothing for the governor or anyone else to be happy about.

“This is really an embarrassment,” Cullerton told reporters at a Capitol news conference. “We owe $15 billion. We’ve been downgraded. People are not being paid. People are not being served. There’s people who aren’t getting breast cancer screenings because of this. ... It’s just sad. It’s totally avoidable.”

Manar: If SB1124 was a final project, Barickman would earn an F

reportcardSPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement regarding the unveiling of a new school funding formula this morning:

“The spring legislative session ended more than three weeks ago. Senator Barickman missed the deadline,” Manar said. “If his latest proposal was a final project, he’d earn an F because not only did he turn it in late, he showed up looking for his teacher after everyone had gone home and the school doors were locked for the summer.”

Tom Cullerton to Governor Rauner: “The time to act is now”

tc 052417VILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) urges Governor Bruce Rauner to sign Senate 3, bipartisan government consolidation, into law today.

Senate Bill 3 is based on Cullerton’s DuPage County government consolidation model that is expected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

“The time to act is now,” Cullerton said. “This is a no brainer. I ask Governor Rauner to sign this legislation today to empower local bodies to eliminate and combine services. The best way for local government to lower property taxes is find efficiencies. This one step will improve government services and lower property taxes without sacrificing the needs of residents.”