For the second year in a row, the Illinois General Assembly missed its deadline to pass a balanced state budget. However, unlike last year, no budget for elementary and secondary education has been passed, threatening the opening of schools across Illinois this fall.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) is blasting the Democrat majority’s failure to pass an education budget and is urging Governor Rauner to call a special session of the General Assembly to resolve this crisis.

“I am sending a letter to Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton urging them to call a special session to debate education funding and pass a budget that will ensure our schools open on time this fall,” Rep. Mitchell said. “While the House is currently scheduled to be in session once a week in June, that is not enough time to find a workable solution to this crisis. The Governor should demand lawmakers return to Springfield and work around the clock to pass a balanced budget that takes care of our schools.”

The budget passed by Illinois House Democrats two week ago weighed in at approximately $40 billion in spending with only $33 billion in estimated revenue. The Democrats unbalanced, unconstitutional proposed budget was $7 billion out-of-balance and would require a 47% tax hike to pay for all the additional spending. Their fellow Democrats in the Illinois Senate refused to pass such a massively unbalanced budget and the General Assembly adjourned on May 31 without any approved budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which beings July 1.
“Illinois continues to be the laughingstock of the nation with its fiscal mismanagement by the Chicago politicians,” Rep. Mitchell said. “We’ve gone almost 12 months without a balanced budget and have gone way past the breaking point. The Democrats who control the General Assembly couldn’t even agree amongst themselves on a spending plan for next fiscal year. The lunatics are truly running the asylum.”
Exelon Corporation today announced it will move forward to shut down the Clinton nuclear power plant, given the lack of passage of important Illinois energy legislation.

State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who represents Clinton and DeWitt County, spoke to the media at the Clinton Chamber of Commerce this afternoon and issued the following statement:

“I am deeply saddened by Exelon’s decision to close the Clinton Power Station next year. We must all keep fighting to prevent this closure from happening. The Illinois General Assembly will be in continuous session throughout the month of June. There is still time to pass energy legislation that would place our nuclear plants on a level playing field with renewables such as wind and solar, which are heavily subsidized by ratepayers. Crain’s reported today that progress has been made on legislation to keep our nuclear plants at full operation. I am working with local leaders to redouble our efforts in Springfield to reach an agreement to keep Clinton open. We simply cannot afford to lose 700 good-paying jobs and $13 million in annual tax revenues used to support our schools and units of local government. This is a crisis that must be addressed by the General Assembly this month. I will keep fighting to make that happen.”