Senator Steans

February 14, 2017

Dear Friends,


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.


The governor's constitutional requirementUnder 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.


In his first year in office, the governor presented a budget that used accounting tricks and relied on false savings to appear balanced when it wasn’t truly. Last year, his budget proposal included a $3.5 billion deficit that he planned to finance by either forcing the General Assembly to enact elements of his turnaround agenda in exchange for increasing revenue or by broadly cutting services like K-12 funding, local government and other statutory transfers and lowering rates paid to providers.


We have already set a new record for the longest a state in the U.S. to go without a budget. While Illinois residents and businesses are suffering, how much further will Gov. Rauner go?


I hope that the governor will fulfill his constitutional obligation to present a balanced budget tomorrow in his budget address.


I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find a way to end this impasse and provide the state with financial stability. I will continue to push forward to create a balanced budget.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 773-769-1717 or online with any questions or concerns.


Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois



District Office

5533 N. Broadway • Chicago, IL 60640

773-769-1717 (Phone) • 773-769-6901 (Fax)


Springfield Office

623 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8492 (Phone)



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5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
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