State Rep. Patti Bellock (far right) joins Governor Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and legislators from both the Illinois House of Representatives and State Senate at the Capitol calling on Democrats to release the education funding reform bill, Senate Bill 1, so that necessary changes can be made to prioritize fair and equitable funding for all schools across the state and ensure schools open on-time.

Rep. Patti Bellock
I would like to thank everyone who contacted my office in recent weeks to share their concerns about the need to pass a state budget and the income tax increase that was ultimately enacted over the Governor’s veto. While finally having a state budget provides a much-needed measure of stability to the safety net for the most vulnerable in our community, the budget that was passed was NOT the outcome many of us were working toward. 

The General Assembly passed a state budget with a 32% income tax increase on July 2 and voted to override the Governor’s vetoes on July 6, making them law. I opposed this budget because it does not have the fundamental changes that are necessary to put the State on a positive path long-term; specifically, economic and worker’s comp reforms that would attract private-sector employers and entrepreneurs to locate and create jobs here in Illinois.