Yingling Issues Statement after Governor’s Budget Address


GRAYSLAKE, Ill – After Governor Rauner’s Budget Address Wednesday, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, issued the following statement:

“The people of Illinois are running out of patience and hard-earned resources while Governor Rauner holds the state budget hostage over non-budgetary items. I was one of only four democrats to have initially voted against the bulk of budget bills last May.

“I voted against those appropriation bills in order to give our new governor more time to further negotiate the budget with legislative leaders. However, after nearly a year without a budget, it’s time for the governor to step-up and accept his responsibilities.

“The governor's address comes as the state has operated without a budget since July of 2015. The lack of a budget has led to major disruptions to the state's social service agencies that provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, including seniors and children. The lack of a budget also affects our first responders and veterans.

“The governor has used past addresses before the General Assembly to push divisive policies that hurt Illinois families and divide lawmakers. His most recent budget presentation was more of the same political rhetoric.

“I would encourage the governor not to hold that state's budget hostage on divisive matters but rather work with legislators like me on common ground issues. We both agree on the need for government consolidation and term limits.”

Yingling has been an outspoken voice on not only government consolidation but also term limits. He has filed HB4975 which is one of the most aggressive township consolidation bills ever filed and HJRCA53 which implements term limits for every elected office across the state. Yingling represents portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.