Earlier this week the Senate made progress by passing a measure that would fund social service agencies and bring economic investment back to the Metro East. This measure was part of a bigger package of reforms to get the state back on track.

However, due to Governor Rauner’s apparent intervention on the mater, the legislation has been stalled.

State Senator James F. Clayborne (D-Belleville) expressed his frustration on the issue.

“We have a chance to put people’s livelihoods above politics. We have a real plan to fix the issues of our state and move the ball forward,” Clayborne said. “The governor has made it clear he does not want progress. I’m ready to work together to do my job of passing legislation to get the state back on track. Clearly the governor is not ready to do his.

“This package was being worked on in a bipartisan manner, which is the way it should be. We were working together before the governor stepped in. Now we are back to increasing the state’s deficit by $11 million per day.”


Clayborne Grand Bargain


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