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Nekritz News- March 30, 2015

The General Assembly has recessed for the next two weeks. During that time, I’ll be participating in a number of public forums around the district. Information on the events is detailed below and I would be thrilled to see you at one or all of them. If you have any issues you’d like to discuss in detail, I’d be happy to meet in my district office. Please call us at (847) 229-5499 or email enekritz@repnekritz.org to arrange a time.

 

Springfield News

 Last week, I joined a bipartisan majority of my colleagues in the General Assembly and voted for House Bills 317 and 318. These bills address the $1.6 billion shortfall in the current state budget for Fiscal Year 2015, ensuring that Illinois families will continue to have access to critical services.

The bills moved $1.3 billion of unused, and in some cases surplus, money from state special funds to fill shortfalls in state funding for programs such as child care assistance, mental health care, and services for people with developmental disabilities.

The additional $300 million in savings comes from a 2.25% cut across most of the rest of the budget, including education, and a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates. Efforts were made to cushion the blow of these spending cuts by providing additional funding for the neediest school districts as well as a new hospital assessment to preserve resources for serving patients on Medicaid.

These bills, which Governor Rauner signed shortly after passage, are far from a perfect solution. But after weeks of bipartisan negotiation, I believe it was imperative to address the crisis in funding programs for our state’s neediest residents.

Resolution of the problems in the current year’s budget will allow us to move our focus to the budget for next year. I’ll continue to support fiscally honest positions that strike a balance between sustainable revenues, meaningful reform, and responsible cuts. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration to craft a budget that moves Illinois forward.

 

57th District News

Palatine Chamber of Commerce Legislative Update

I’ll be participating in a Legislative Update with the Palatine Chamber of Commerce alongside Sen. Matt Murphy, Rep. Tom Morrison, and Cook County Commissioner Gregg Goslin. It will be held on Tuesday, March 31st from 7:30am to 9:00am at Twin Lakes Club House, 1200 E. Twin Lakes Drive in Palatine. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

 Palatine League of Women Voters Legislative Update

The League of Women Voters of the Palatine Area serving Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Inverness, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Long Grove and Schaumburg will be sponsoring a  Legislative Update Event on Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 to 9:00pm  at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane in Rolling Meadows. I’ll be on a panel with Sen. Matt Murphy, Reps. Tom Morrison and Michelle Mussman, and Cook County Commissioner Gregg Goslin.

Town Hall with Sen. Morrison

As a reminder, Sen. Julie Morrison and I will host a town hall meeting in Wheeling on April 9. It will be held at the Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Drive in Wheeling from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Additional reminders will be sent. Hope you can make it!

Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce Award

I was honored to receive a Legislative Leadership Award from the Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce along with Rep. Patti Bellock and Sens. Christine Radogno and Matt Murphy. My congratulations to them and thanks to the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce for the honor. Thank you as well to Governor Rauner for his kind words at the ceremony.

 

 

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