Illinois has been without a budget for almost two years now. Social service agencies are closing their doors, students are looking outside of Illinois to pursue higher education, and our backlog of bills has reached over $11 billion.
Under the Illinois Constitution, the governor is required to submit a balanced budget to the General Assembly, something that he has failed to do two years in a row.
I hope that the governor will fulfill his constitutional obligation to present a balanced budget tomorrow in his budget address. The people of Illinois have waited long enough.
I have worked and will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a way to end this impasse and provide the state with financial stability.