Senator Steans

June 12, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Join me and Rep. Kelly Cassidy tomorrow night, June 13, at Charmers Café, 1500 W. Jarvis Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a meet and greet. This is an opportunity to hear more about the balanced budget that the Senate passed, get updated on legislation we’ve been working on and get your questions answered.

 

Due to the size of the location, this will be a much smaller event. Please reserve your seat here if you haven’t already.

 

If you can’t make it tomorrow night, I hope that you’ll be able to join me for Coffee and Conversation at the Budlong Woods Library, 5630 N. Lincoln Ave., on June 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. Refreshments and parking will be available. Please let us know if you can attend here.

 

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

 

I hope to see you tomorrow or at another event throughout the summer.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

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Senator Steans

June 5, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

I know that many of you are frustrated about the budget impasse and have lots of questions. I share your frustration and want to help answer your questions.

 

Join me and Representative Kelly Cassidy for an inside look at the impasse and budget proposals on Thursday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Andrews Church, 5649 N. Sheridan Rd. We will provide an overview of the balanced budget that the Senate Democrats passed and how it differs from the governor’s plan. We will also discuss reforms and important legislation that was passed this session.

 

This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to reserve your seat. Free parking will be available.

 

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

 

I hope to see you Thursday evening.

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather A. Steans
7th District – Illinois

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Tune in tonight

 

This evening I will be interviewed on Chicago Tonight on WTTW at 10 p.m. Tune in for a discussion of the budget impasse and the legislative session.

 

Upcoming events in the district

 

From street fairs to concerts and movies in the park, there are numerous free upcoming events in our community. For a complete list, click here.

 

There are also several farmers’ markets in the district throughout the summer and fall. Click here for the details and to find the closest one to you.

 

 

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Senator Steans

June 1, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

I am incredibly disappointed and frustrated that I cannot begin this email with the announcement that the legislature sent a balanced budget to the governor last night. Despite the fact that the Senate passed a complete and balanced budget with spending reductions and revenue reform, the House did not approve our plan. And the governor certainly didn't help, with his constantly shifting demands and veto threats.

 

We now enter the 701st day without a full budget. Our state and institutions are suffering while efforts to repair what has been broken have not been taken up.

 

Senator Steans on the Senate floorThe balanced budget that the Senate passed last week is the result of months of discussion and compromise. The Senate budget plan includes spending at the level the governor proposed as well as a number of measures and reforms that were negotiated with Senate Republicans.

 

Our budget plan would provide the fiscal stability and certainty that our state needs. It provides increased funding for P-12 education and ensures that schools would open on time. It provides our institutions of higher education with a full-year budget for the first time in two years and fully funds MAP grants. The Senate Democrats’ budget supports vital social service programs, such as the Community Care Program, domestic violence shelters, and breast and cervical cancer screenings.


Senate Democrats' balanced budget versus the governor's budgetThe Senate Democrats’ budget reduced government spending by $3 billion and implemented revenue reform to ensure that our state moves forward in a fiscally responsible manner. It included a 5% cut to most state agencies and programs, $1.25 billion in savings due to pension reform legislation, $70 million in savings from procurement reform, and other spending reductions. Our budget and revenue package is balanced, unlike the Governor’s plan, which is $5 billion out of balance.

 

In addition to our efforts on the budget, the Senate also passed a number of reforms that were top priorities for the Governor. This year, we implemented term limits on Senate leadership. We passed bipartisan procurement reform to help save universities and state agencies money. We passed pension reform and we approved legislation to allow counties to dissolve duplicative units of local government. We passed a two-year property tax freeze to provide some relief to home owners.

 

My colleagues in the Senate have gone back to the negotiating table numerous times and have debated multiple spending plans. Many of these discussions were genuine and moved us closer to agreement. At this point, though, we are past the point of discussion. It is time for action.

 

Though the legislative session ended yesterday, there are still 30 days until the end of the fiscal year. The legislature can still pass a budget, but it will require a three-fifths majority. This means that it will need support from both parties. Time is running out, but I will do everything in my power to right the ship and set Illinois on a path toward fiscal stability.

 

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

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

 

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Senator Steans

May 24, 2017

Dear Friends,

 

Yesterday the Illinois Senate passed a budget plan that will provide the fiscal stability that our state so desperately needs. This plan balances Governor Rauner’s $37.3 billion budget, which was nearly $5 billion out of balance.

 

This budget plan includes appropriations for the rest of the current year as well as a complete budget for next year. It implements revenue reforms and spending reductions that result in more than $3 billion in savings without jeopardizing the future of our universities and schools nor the vital work that human services provide.

 

Senator Steans on the Senate floorBy passing this budget plan, we will end the practice of adding $11 million in unnecessary debt each day as has been the case during the impasse. Many elements of this budget are the result of ongoing negotiations with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. In addition to budgetary matters, Senate Democrats have agreed to a number of reforms that Republicans sought during negotiations, including pension reform, term limits on Senate leadership and procurement reform.

 

Unlike previous iterations of budget plans, this one does not include cuts to state health insurance funding for retired teachers and community college workers who pay premiums for their insurance, nor does it give the governor unfettered authority to cut Medicaid to save $405 million.

 

This budget plan includes the following:

  • Increased funding to pre-K-12 education of $330 million, including support for Early Childhood and after-school programs.

  • A full year of funding to universities and community colleges for the first time since 2015. MAP grants will also be funded.

  • A full year of funding for vital human service programs that assist poor and vulnerable Illinoisans. This includes the Community Care Program, breast and cervical cancer screenings, addiction treatment, early intervention, domestic violence shelters, mental health programs and child care services.

  • Reinstates grant programs for immigrant services, autism support and youth employment, among others that were eliminated in Rauner's plan.

 

The revenue bill of this budget package includes just over $3 billion in cuts. Nearly all state programs and agencies will see a 5 percent cut. Additionally, this legislation brings in new revenue to the state by closing corporate tax loopholes to the tune of $125 million each year and eliminating state income tax breaks for individuals that make more than $250,000 a year for a savings of $81 million.

 

The plan now moves to the House for further consideration. If the House makes changes to the bills, they will need to be approved by the Senate.

 

Though we are not out of the woods yet, we are significantly closer. I will continue to advocate for responsible budgeting in the legislature to provide fiscal stability to the state of Illinois. I continue to believe that the best way to grow our economy is for the state to provide fiscal certainty.

 

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

 

Sincerely,
Heather Steans
Senator Heather A. Steans
7th District – Illinois

 

 

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217-782-8492 (Phone)

 

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