The past four years have reminded us to budget conservatively and save for a "rainy day". We need to continue to budget prudently now and replenish and expand our Rainy Day Fund as our economy rebounds. As a financial advisor, I help families and businesses live within their means and plan for the future. And as an alderman, I've advocated controlled spending and have helped avoid tax increases. I will take that same approach and experience to our state's budget.