Progress Illinois April 6, 2016
Members of the Chicago City Council's Progressive Reform Caucus went to Springfield Wednesday to push for a state budget solution.
"We are here in Springfield to insist that Republican legislators and the governor do their job: Pass a budget that offers sustainable revenue to support our schools and human services," said Ald. Toni Foulkes (16th). "There is no excuse for the stalling by Governor [Bruce] Rauner and his allies."
Progressive Alds. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) and John Arena (45th) joined Foulkes in Springfield.
"There are plenty of good progressive revenue options, including a fair income tax, which could produce revenue to support our schools and pay down pension debt," Munoz said. "These are not new ideas. But our communities cannot wait any longer."
The Chicago aldermen also urged state senators to support a pending proposal for an elected Chicago school board. House lawmakers approved the elected school board legislation last month.
"We come to Springfield in a time of genuine crisis. But solutions are within reach. The Senate can beef up our democracy or undermine it. They can join the members of the Illinois House in righting a historic wrong, by allowing the direct election of the Chicago Board of Education," Arena said. "And they can join together to pass a budget that will restore the vital functions of health, education, human services, public safety and so much more."