Senator Chris Nybo joined a bipartisan group of Senate
lawmakers March 26 to pass a bipartisan plan that addresses funding shortfalls
many state agencies were facing under the currently unbalanced state budget.
said the budget fix plan, which does not rely on any tax increase or borrowing,
is a tough but necessary vote to address the state’s current fiscal mess.
so many of my fellow lawmakers in DuPage County, I did not like everything in
this budget fix plan, but most of us took the tough vote because it is a first
step toward turning our state around. It is important that all DuPage lawmakers
recognize the importance of stepping up to take the tough vote,” Nybo said.
“Accountability and responsibility must play important roles in our approach to
governing, as we work together to get our state back on track.”
lawmakers Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), State Sen.
Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton) and State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) voted
for the budget fix plan, and State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) voted
against it. Nybo said he is disappointed that Cullerton voted for the current
unbalanced budget with its funding shortfalls for important programs, but did
not support the budget fix plan approved March 26 by a 32-26 vote.
by the House of Representatives March 24, the budget fix plan now moves to the
Governor and will become law with his signature.
24th District Senator says funding for areas like child-care, court
reporters, and corrections would have had severe funding shortfalls without
this legislation. Funding for local governments remains intact, as does funding
for developmentally disabled, mental health, and autism programs.
budget fix plan is included in House Bill 317 and House Bill 318, and details
about those bills, including how lawmakers voted on the issue, can be found on
the General Assembly’s Web site at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory.asp.
said it is important to build on the momentum of this bipartisan success to
ensure that important structural reforms continue.