Proviso Area Lawmakers Laud State’s Passage of Stopgap Budget

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton walk into Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office on June 28. | Seth Perlman/AP via nwi.com

Friday, June 1, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews ||@village_free 

Illinois state lawmakers reached a compromise, albeit limited, on the nearly year-long budget drama that, while conducted in Springfield, has played out in suffering across the state.

Faced with the prospect of shuttered schools in the fall, and greater uncertainty for social service organizations and businesses, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers, under the leadership of House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, hammered out an agreement on a stopgap budget Thursday that would fund state operations for another six months.

“We have seen with previous successful budget efforts that we can come together, achieve compromise and pass a budget when the governor’s demands relative to his personal agenda that hurts families are dropped,” Madigan told reporters after the bill passed the House. “That happened again today.”

“This is not a budget. This is not a balanced budget,” Rauner said. “This is not a solution to our long-term challenges. This is a bridge to reform. That’s what this is.”

State lawmakers representing areas within Proviso Township greeted the news with a sigh of relief, but also with caveats.

“While this is a step in the right direction, we still have a lot of work ahead of us as we negotiate a full budget,” said Sen. Kimberly Lightford (4th) in a statement. “I’m glad to say that our efforts to compromise have delivered some relief to the most vulnerable populations throughout our state.”

“This is not a complete budget nor a solution to Illinois’ ongoing fiscal challenges,” said state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch in a statement.

“It addresses only the most basic needs of the State and only takes us through the end of this year,” he said. “Though not a cause for celebration, I believe it is an important step forward for Illinois and an example of the compromise that has been in short supply in Springfield over the past year.”

Below is a summary, issued by Rep. Welch’s office, of things the stopgap budget covers:

P-12 Budget

SB2047 includes a full year of funding for P-12 education, and contains an increase in education funding of over $361M overall as well as an additional $250M equity grant for low income school districts. CPS will receive approximately $200M in additional funding in this bill, a significant improvement from the $75M cut to CPS in the Governor’s proposed P-12 budget.

Human Services

SB2047 will also provide $667M from a dedicated fund for human services to fund human services programs not currently covered under court order or consent decree. Examples include autism services, programs for people with disabilities, addiction treatment, programs for homeless youth, rape crisis centers, etc.

Higher Education

In addition to the stopgap higher education funding that was passed in April, SB2047 will provide an additional $1 billion in funding for community colleges, universities, and Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grant recipients. This is critical to keep our universities functioning and allowing  low-income and first generation students to continue to pursue their educational goals.

Capital Projects

The bill includes funding for limited capital projects including road improvements and repairs and other infrastructure projects, and will ensure they are not interrupted and our state’s roads can be appropriately maintained.

It is clear that compromise is necessary and that neither party can address these problems alone. I commend the Governor for dropping his demand that we adopt his political agenda before participating in these stop gap budget talks. Instead, we were able to come together to prevent the devastating impact of a continued impasse on our students and most vulnerable citizens.

Again, it is imperative that we work towards a comprehensive budget that addresses our structural fiscal challenges and move us away from the crisis driven budgeting that has become the new normal.  However, passage of SB2047 marks a small step forward. VFP

Vision of Restoration to Host Resource Fair July 22

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vision of Restoration Inc., Maywood Illinois Annual Community Resource Fair Friday, July 22, 2016; 10:00am – 3:00pm CST

Who: Vision of Restoration, Inc. (VOR) in partnership with the Maywood Park District

What: Presents its Annual Community Resource Fair- “Restoring Peace”

When: Friday, July 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Madison Street from 9th to 13th, Maywood.

Vision of Restoration, in partnership with the Maywood Park District, is presenting our Annual Community Resource Fair to support youth, seniors and families residing in Maywood and the surrounding western suburbs of Cook County.

This event is for the entire Proviso Township and will consist of a plethora of resources stemming from health care, local and state government, Village of Maywood resources, Greater Chicago Food Depository, employment, re-entry, veterans, youth Peace Ambassadors, education, entrepreneurial platforms, and a series of workshops and informational offerings that will cater to residents of all ages.

Last year’s fair was a tremendous success for the community. Mayor Edwenna Perkins stated, “I want to take the time to thank Vision of Restoration for a job well done on the 2015 resource fair! I look forward to working with them in the years to come!”

There were over 1,000 attendees and 60 vendors and organizations that lined 13th.

“We expect the attendance to increase to over 2,000 based upon the level of interest in this year’s Resource Fair,” stated Larry James, Executive Director at Vision of Restoration.

Mini Cooper is a sponsor for 2016. Terri L. Evans, Area Manager, Central Metro Market, Mini USA, stated, “On behalf of Mini Cooper and its dealers, we are dedicated to playing an important role in improving the communities where we live and do business.”

“Mini Cooper is honored to partner with Vision of Restoration of Maywood for this worthwhile event and look forward to a day of fun, entertainment and providing much needed resources to the families and youth residing in the western suburbs of Chicago.”

This all-around event will be full of resources, music, fun, food, and activities for seniors, youth and their families! Come join us and be apart of the annual celebration!

For more information, please call us at 708.344.3774, or click here. VFP

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