In response to the decision today by Governor Bruce Rauner to restore the $26 million in cuts that had previously been announced for Illinois human service agencies, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:

“The General Assembly received some good news regarding the Illinois economy yesterday, and I am pleased to see that our Governor is restoring funding to our human service agencies for the balance of FY15. The Department of Human Services and the Department of Public Health were promised a certain amount of funding for this budget year, and upon learning that our revenue numbers are better than anticipated, restoring funding for human service programs was the responsible thing to do.”

“While these programs will now enjoy full funding for the remaining weeks of FY15, difficult decisions are still ahead of us as we try to close a $6 billion deficit that is projected for FY16. Correcting more than a decade of overspending is not going to be easy, and the notion of shared sacrifice will still be an underlying element of our budget discussions.”
On April 30, supporters of Home Schooling were in Springfield to talk with legislators. I'm shown here with the Dimoulis family. They are a part of the Christian Home Educators group.

On April 28th, supporters of Illinois parks came to Springfield for Park District Lobby Day. Representatives from the Hoffman Estates Park District had a nice display in the Capitol rotunda. I'm shown here with Hoffman Estates Park District Executive Director Dean Bostrom. We had a nice chat about local parks and the opportunities they provide for active and passive recreation.

It was a pleasure spending time in Springfield with Lindsay Karlin and Joanne Rinaldo of the Palatine Jaycees. We had a nice conversation about the Jaycees and the good work they do in our region.