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Wallace Supports Stopgap Budget, Calls for Continued Action on Challenges Facing Illinois


For Immediate Release: For More Information:
June 30, 2016 State Rep. Litesa E. Wallace

Wallace Supports Stopgap Budget, Calls for Continued Action on 
Challenges Facing Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, issued the 
following statement after Thursday's passage of Senate Bill 2047, a 
stopgap spending plan that will bring additional funding to Rockford 
public schools, as well as fund higher education, cancer screenings and 
other essential services that had been impacted by the state budget 

"Over the past year, residents across our state and the city of Rockford 
have been forced to bear the consequences of an unnecessary budget 
impasse. I have repeatedly called for a responsible resolution to this 
stalemate, and today's vote is an important first step toward that goal.

"Through this legislation, Rockford public schools will receive 
additional funding and will open on time this fall. I have repeatedly 
supported plans to increase resources for our students and teachers, and 
am glad that negotiations with the governor were able to make this 
priority a reality. This is an important commitment to our community's 
youth, who deserve the opportunity to recognize and achieve their full 
potential in the classroom.

"This bill also addresses the need to prioritize essential, life-saving 
services that should never have been used as political bargaining chips. 
Disability care, breast cancer screenings, rape crisis counseling and 
senior services are some of the many important programs that are 
representative of how our state treats the well-being of our residents. 
After taking multiple votes over the past year to fund these critical 
services, I am encouraged to finally see them receive the bi-partisan 
support they always deserved.

"It will take a lot of effort to reverse the damage of this budget 
impasse, but I am encouraged by today's action. As we move forward, I 
remain committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the 
aisle in a responsible manner to address the challenges that face 
Illinois and the city of Rockford."

For more information, please contact Wallace's constituent service 
office at 815-987-7433, or email


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