SPRINGFIELD- State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) stood his ground and voted to protect an East St. Louis youth program in danger of having its state support slashed by Gov. Rauner.


“Several places in my district are in jeopardy of losing key youth programs that keep young adults in a learning environment and off the streets,” Clayborne said. “These youth programs are critical in helping to reduce at-risk behavior and develop career goals for these kids.”

Clayborne said he’s focused on protecting at-risk children and seniors and trying to secure state investments in education and other vital programs.

“I am willing to compromise but only in favor of more balance and fairness throughout the state. I refuse to potentially leave youth and working-class families in a bad situation,” Clayborne said.

Clayborne also voted to support an increase of funding for veterans which faces a substantial cut under the governor’s proposed budget.


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