February 15, 2017
Illinois has gone two years without a complete budget.
Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner has a chance to do his job and put an end to the state’s suffering.
The governor is scheduled to deliver his budget speech at noon and unveil his plan for the next state budget year, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The Illinois Constitution requires the governor to propose a balanced budget:
SECTION 2. STATE FINANCE
(a) The Governor shall prepare and submit to the General Assembly, at a time prescribed by law, a State budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The budget shall set forth the estimated balance of funds available for appropriation at the beginning of the fiscal year, the estimated receipts, and a plan for expenditures and obligations during the fiscal year of every department, authority, public corporation and quasi-public corporation of the State, every State college and university, and every other public agency created by the State, but not of units of local government or school districts. The budget shall also set forth the indebtedness and contingent liabilities of the State and such other information as may be required by law. Proposed expenditures shall not exceed funds estimated to be available for the fiscal year as shown in the budget.
I invite you to watch the speech. Click here to watch the Governor's Budget Address today at noon.
Sincerely,Senator Napoleon Harris, III15th District – Illinois
M122 Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706
217-782-8066(Phone) • 217-782-2115(Fax)
The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation has continually played a role in the development of our future leaders. Whether it be the scholarships it gives to students to further their education, or an opportunity to teach middle-schoolers about the function of state government – the ILBCF has been in the forefront. In an effort to further that mission, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation’s Council on Urban Affairs is soliciting applications for its first class of research fellows. The fellowship will allow college, graduate or law students an opportunity to advance a legislative proposal they develop.
Below are several links with additional information:
The Illinois Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of legislation (SB 250) that would bring automatic voter registration to Illinois.
The legislation would allow the Illinois 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.
State Senator Napoleon Harris III (D-Harvey), who is a sponsor of the legislation, said he was disappointed to see the governor veto the legislation, but noted that the power of checks and balances prevailed today.
“I stand in strong support of this legislation because we live in a democracy, and everyone deserves to have their voice heard,” Harris said. “This legislation will create an easier, cost-effective registration process and promote participation in our democracy. It is my hope that my colleagues in the House will share the same sentiment.”
The measure passed through the Senate, and now goes to the House for consideration.
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