Differing Expectations for New House Budget Negotiators


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While the Governor’s office has been coy with details in today’s budget presentation thus far, it’s widely expected he’ll introduce wide-ranging programs to introduce free college tuition, free child care, and free preschool to some section of the population.

In his inaugural address last month, Pritzker said college tuition would be free to “every working class family.”

With turnover in the House, the chamber has two new budget negotiators, called “budgeteers” in Springfield parlance, so we asked Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria) and Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) what they expect from the Governor today.

“I look for the governor to discuss the real progress we’ve made in rebuilding Illinois’ fiscal house, as well as the work ahead,” Gordon-Booth told The Illinoize. “We’ve eliminated the backlog of unpaid bills, saved for the future, invested in critical services, and improved our credit rating for the first time in a generation. We need to continue these efforts, and continue to put this fiscal stability to work for working families across Illinois.”

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February 15, 2023 at 11:33AM

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