balanced budget now

During the past few weeks, the Illinois Senate has been holding subject matter hearings with state agencies under the governor’s control to determine where, if possible, they can cut expenses to bridge a $5 billion gap in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget.

Time and time again, the agency directors failed to offer any cuts they could make to balance the governor’s budget.

The governor’s allies insist his budget is balanced. My question to them is this: If Gov. Rauner proposed a balanced budget, why hasn’t he filed legislation for lawmakers to review and vote upon?

Under Article 8, Section 2 of the Illinois Constitution, the governor must submit to the General Assembly a budget which “shall set forth the estimated balance of funds available for appropriation at the beginning of the fiscal year.”

Rather than doing his job and presenting a balanced budget, the governor wants the legislature to give him the unilateral, unchecked authority to make whatever cuts he wants to fill his $5 billion gap.

Read more: It's time to pass a balanced budget

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Springfield—Eligible voters throughout the state will now be automatically registered to vote under legislation advanced today with the full support of the Senate Majority James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville).

Senate Bill 250, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), would allow for the Secretary of State’s office and similar state agencies to submit eligible voters’ information to the State Board of Elections when they visit their facilities for services.

Currently 42.2 percent of eligible, voting-age black citizens in Illinois aren’t registered to vote. Overall, more than 2 million Illinoisans who are eligible to vote aren’t registered. The measure now moves to the Illinois House of Representatives, where it will be debated.

“Moving forward with automatic voter registration gives millions of citizens an opportunity to become civically engaged. This is major step in the right direction,” Clayborne said.

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In committeeSPRINGFIELD- A bill that promotes businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities proposed by Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) has passed both houses and now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

Senate Bill 1334 amends the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act (BEMFPA) by making it a public policy of Illinois to promote each state agency and public institutions of higher education to use businesses owned by the above mentioned in the area of professional services.

Read more: Clayborne fights discrimination

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