SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Steve Stadelman (D – Rockford) released the statement below following Governor Rauner’s budget address today:

“I share the governor’s frustration that Illinois has been without a budget for over eight months now. He had an opportunity today to lay out his plan to resolve the crisis we are in, which has forced layoffs at Rock Valley College and eliminated programs for children with autism.

“Instead, today we heard more partisan rhetoric and few answers. The governor and legislative leaders have to come together to find a bipartisan solution to stop the damage that is being done to our state.”