SPRINGFIELD, IL – Comptroller Leslie Munger announced Wednesday that she plans to skip the state’s pension payment for November. State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) reacted to the Comptroller’s decision.

“We’re heading down a road we’re all too familiar with,” Clayborne said. “We know what happens when we don’t make our pension payments because that’s how we got here in the first place. The comptroller and governor should be using their business experience to bring forth innovation not reviving past mistakes we’re working to eradicate.”


ClayborneMAP082015SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) supported a measure that funds the Monetary Award Program for FY 16. Senate Bill 2043 provides the funds the Illinois Student Assistance Commission uses to help students pay for college.

“Students seeking a higher education should be afforded these opportunities,” Clayborne said. “It’s intolerable to force our students to drop out of school due to lack of funding for a program we know works.”

Read more: Clayborne votes to fund MAP grants

Clayborne on the floor Twice a year, I have the honor of taking dozens of young African American men and women from our communities on a bus tour where they visit historic black colleges and historic places. I’ve done this for the past several years because I know how important it is for the youth to see what’s out there for them if they continue to do well in school and stay out of trouble. I also do it because I know once they see the past of their history; they will be motivated to excel in their future.

No, state tax dollars are not used.

Read more: Investing in the future, saving taxpayers money



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