Written by Hutchinson Staff Wednesday, 23 May 2012 20:24
“Our plan is the best of a bad situation, and it provides more than the House’s alternative – even though it still lacks funding in some areas. I won’t stop negotiating until I feel comfortable that the budget does not place an unfair burden on the people who rely on our state’s most vital services, like education and human services.” – State Senator Toi Hutchinson
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Senate this evening sent their own budget plan to the Illinois House that falls within the conservative $33.719 billion revenue estimate agreed upon by both chambers earlier this year.
State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), who serves as chair of the Senate Revenue committee, supported the plan with some reservations – specifically the lack of funding for Dwight Correctional Facility and education as well as only partial funding for Tinley Park Mental Health Center; but she said the Senate’s work is not finished.