Senator McGuire

June 1, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

The regular spring session of the General Assembly ended late last night without adoption of a budget. The final words on the Senate floor were those of Senate President John Cullerton and Minority Leader Christine Radogno. Both leaders pledged to continue working toward first a six-month stopgap budget and then a full budget.

 

The stopgap budget idea, as I mentioned in my last e-newsletter, originated last week with Senate President Cullerton. Yesterday morning, on the final day of regular session, Governor Bruce Rauner took up the idea of a six-month stopgap budget. The governor's proposed stopgap budget is without Turnaround Agenda demands. However, both the Illinois Constitution and logistics make it impossible to draft, introduce, debate and adopt a budget in one day.

 

I take hope from the fact that the bipartisan, bicameral working groups which have been striving to craft a budget are continuing to meet. The goal of the working groups is to reach agreement on a stopgap budget before June 30, the final day of the current fiscal year. We legislators have been told to be ready to return to Springfield whenever a stopgap budget is ready to be voted upon.

 

The toll the lack of a state budget is taking on individuals, families, organizations and institutions is horrible. Please encourage the four legislative leaders and the governor to do their absolute level best to present a fair, balanced budget as soon as possible.

 

Sincerely,
Pat McGuire
Senator Pat McGuire
43rd District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

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815-207-4445 (Phone) • 815-207-4446 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

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Senator McGuire

May 27, 2016

Dear Friends,

 

The governor and the General Assembly have about 100 hours left to agree on a state budget before the May 31 deadline. 

 

A bipartisan, bicameral working group of legislators and the governor's budget director last week forwarded to the governor and four legislative leaders a budget plan for FY 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) and FY 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

 

A similar bipartisan, bicameral working group last week began seeking agreement on items on the governor's Turnaround Agenda, such as collective bargaining, local government consolidation and worker's compensation. That group continues to meet.

 

Agreement on both a two-year budget plan of cuts and revenue and reforms on Turnaround Agenda items would constitute a "grand bargain."

 

In the event a grand bargain cannot be reached by Tuesday, Senate President John Cullerton has suggested a short-term compromise to, as he says, "keep the schools open, our universities open and our human service providers open while we continue to negotiate a broader, balanced budget solution."

 

I encourage you to let the governor and the four legislative leaders know you favor a grand bargain and, if that is out of reach by Tuesday, a short-term compromise budget:

  • Governor Bruce Rauner, (217) 782-0244 or on the Web
  • Senate President John Cullerton, (217) 782-2728 or on the Web
  • Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, (217) 782-9407 or on the Web
  • House Speaker Michael Madigan, (217) 782-5350
  • House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, (217) 782-0494 or on the Web

Sincerely,
Pat McGuire
Senator Pat McGuire
43rd District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

2200 Weber Road • Crest Hill, IL 60403

815-207-4445 (Phone) • 815-207-4446 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

311B Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8800 (Phone) • 217-782-8287 (Fax)

 

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Senator McGuire

May 17, 2016]

Dear Friends,

 

Efforts to ensure every Illinois child receives a high-quality education go back at least 40 years. Senate Bill 231 is the right way to accomplish that goal. Thanks to input from stakeholders across the state, the legislation is balanced and comprehensive.

 

Let's give Illinois schoolchildren a fair shot at success and a real lesson in fairness: Urge your representative to support SB 231 and the governor to sign it into law."

 

 

Sincerely,
Pat McGuire
Senator Pat McGuire
43rd District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

2200 Weber Road • Crest Hill, IL 60403

815-207-4445 (Phone) • 815-207-4446 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

311B Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8800 (Phone) • 217-782-8287 (Fax)

 

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Senator McGuire

Dec. 7, 2015

Dear Friends,

 

The Illinois Senate today approved a measure authorizing Governor Bruce Rauner to release gaming and gas tax funds to local governments, pay Illinois Lottery winners, support community colleges, train police officers, and shore up human services.

 

I was a proud co-sponsor of the measure, which passed the Illinois House on Dec. 2.

 

Better late than never. Had Gov. Rauner negotiated a budget last spring, we could have avoided over five months of anxiety felt everywhere from mayors' offices to GED classrooms. Let's hope this common-sense, bipartisan action continues into the new year.

 

Among the $3.1 billion in funds released by the legislation are:

 

· $100 million in casino taxes to cities with riverboats.

· $582 million in Motor Fuel Tax to municipalities and counties.

· $43 million to community colleges and non-profit organizations for adult education

  career-technical training.

· $19 million for domestic violence shelters.

· $165 million for LIHEAP home heating-bill assistance.

· $12 million for law enforcement training.

 

Most of the monies released by the measure are either federal pass-through funds or state funds derived from fees and licenses. Only $28 million comes from Illinois income and sales taxes.


 

I urge Gov. Rauner to sign SB 2039 immediately. The state has played hide-and-seek with this money for far too long.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,
Pat McGuire
Senator Pat McGuire
43rd District – Illinois

 

 

District Office

2200 Weber Road • Crest Hill, IL 60403

815-207-4445 (Phone) • 815-207-4446 (Fax)

 

Springfield Office

311B Capitol Building • Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-8800 (Phone) • 217-782-8287 (Fax)

 

www.SenatorPatMcGuire.com

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