“Governor Rauner’s words serve as a sobering reality check on the true fiscal condition of Illinois,” said State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington). “This is the result of years of a state government that has lived beyond its means, due in large part to 12 years of Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn in the Governor’s office. Governor Rauner is now trying to clean up our state’s financial mess. His proposals serve as the beginning of a long, difficult process to reach a bipartisan agreement by May 31st. I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a balanced, constitutional budget on time, while ensuring our state’s core services are protected.”
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