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JB Pritzker Statement on General Assembly Passing a State Budget


Location: Chicago, IL

JB Pritzker released the following statement after the General Assembly passed a FY19 state budget:

"I applaud the bipartisan working group and the General Assembly for passing a state budget--something Bruce Rauner has never done," said JB Pritzker. "Instead of doing his job, this failed governor forced our state into a historic 736 days without a budget, decimating higher education and human services and doing damage that will take years to rebuild. Three and a half years into his term, I urge Bruce Rauner to resist his heartless instincts to play politics with people's lives and sign a full budget for the first time. Hardworking Illinois taxpayers deserve more than going years without a spending plan, and when I'm governor, I will always work in good faith with lawmakers to get the job done."



736 Days without a budget.

11 Republicans Broke with Rauner to override his veto and vote in favor of a revenue bill.

Over $1 Billion wasted in late payment penalties during the crisis.

1 Million Clients From Human Service Agencies were left without support during the budget crisis.

At Least 1,000 Workers At Not-For-Profit Service Providers lost their jobs because of the budget crisis.

7,500 Jobs Lost in higher education, including 4,900 direct jobs.

27 Local Health Departments forced to reduce services.

29 Rape Crisis Centers were forced to lay off staff or cut hours.

MAP Grant Funding For 130,000 students jeopardized by the crisis.

50% Cut To Adult Literacy Grants during the budget crisis.

90% Of Homeless Service Providers cut clients, services or staff.

Over 7,000 Women And Children turned away from domestic violence shelters in 2016.

30,000 Fewer Children received day care than in 2015.

34% Fewer Women received preventative screenings for breast and cervical cancer in FY16 than FY15.

80,000 People In Need Of Mental Health Services lost access due to the budget crisis.


$16 Billion in Illinois' bill backlog, an all-time high.

Over $1 Billion in late bill payment penalties on the backlog.

Eight Credit Downgrades since Rauner took office.

Lowest Credit Rating of any state in history.

Last In Fiscal Stability according to McKinsey & Company.

More Residents Lost than any other state.

Dropped To Sixth Largest state instead of fifth.

Job Growth Of 0.8% in 2017, well below national average of 1.5%.

44th In Overall Growth according to McKinsey & Company.

Fifth Most Regressive Taxes in the nation based on rates from January 2015.

Second-Highest Property Tax Burden in the country.

79 cent wage gap in 2017.


72,000 Drop in enrollment among state colleges and universities.

Among The Lowest Percent Of State Funding for education based on an analysis of 2015 US Census data.

63% Funded By Local Property Taxes in the 2015-2016 school year.


Last in Environmental Quality Of Life according to McKinsey & Company.

2/3 Drop In Penalties Sought Against Polluters compared to under Rauner's predecessors.


100,000 kids on Medicaid in danger of not getting their immunizations.

$63 Billion in costs on the Medicaid Managed Care overhaul contract, roughly fifty percent greater than Rauner's estimates.


Rauner Withheld $1.3 Million in funding from welcoming centers for immigrants after the budget passed.

Fourth-Largest DACA population, with at least 42,000 DACA recipients in Illinois, while Rauner remained silent on Trump's attacks.


$16.4 Billion Annual Cost to drivers due to Illinois' poor infrastructure.

A C- On Infrastructure in 2018.

$3.3 Billion In Spending And 20,000 Workers Impacted by a shutdown of transportation projects during the budget impasse.

$30 Million lost due to shutting down and then restarting 700 road projects.


Six Days to inform the public about the Legionnaires crisis at the Quincy veterans home.

13 People at the Quincy Veterans Home died from Legionnaires' Disease, 12 in 2015 and another in 2017.

53 People Sickened by Legionnaires' Disease between August And September 2015.

Outbreaks Spanning Three Years of Legionnaires cases at Quincy.


$7 Billion In Payments to Medicaid Managed Care Organizations that Rauner's administration was unable to account for.

$76 Million In Medicaid Over-Payments Rauner's administration failed to recoup.

$2.4 Million In Federal Rebates that Rauner's office failed to collect.

$7.4 Million In Lost Property erroneously reported by the governor's office.

$12.5 Million No-Bid Contract for McKinsey for Medicaid Managed Care.

Second $12.9 Million No-Bid McKinsey contract voided.

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