SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois’ budget impasse is still ongoing thanks to an incredible lack of urgency on the part of some in the legislative majorities, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
As Illinois entered its third consecutive fiscal year without a comprehensive spending plan, the state stands at risk of receiving a first-ever “junk” rating by debt bonding agencies. Additionally, many universities are also at risk of losing their accreditations due to the delay in receiving state funds. Countless other effects of the ongoing impasse are mounting on a nearly hourly basis.
At the time of this writing, Senator Schimpf had attended 11 consecutive special sessions that failed to address and end to the impasse. The Senator noted that he continued to hold out some sliver of hope that the impasse would end in the coming days, saying negotiations continue between legislative leaders and lawmakers on the budget and other critical reform measures.
Senator Schimpf has spent a majority of his time in Springfield attempting to get budget “hostages” released one-by-one. One of those hostages being domestic violence shelters, which were left out of the 2017 spending stopgap plan passed in June 2016.
Brockmeyer and Iubelt Resolutions Adopted
Senator Schimpf sponsored a pair of Senate Joint Resolutions to name two area roads after recently fallen heroes. SJRs 21 and 22 were adopted on June 29.
SJR 21 renames a stretch of U.S. 51 in Perry County after U.S. Army Private First Class Tyler Iubelt of Tamaroa. PFC Iubelt gave his life in service to the nation on Nov. 12, 2016 as a result of a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Air Base.
SJR 22 renames a stretch of Illinois Rte. 3 in Randolph County after Chester Police Officer and Volunteer Firefighter James I. Brockmeyer. Officer Brockmeyer gave his life in service to the residents of Randolph County on Oct. 28, 2016 an auto accident resulting from a felony police chase.
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