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Letter: Ending the budget crisis

To the Editor:

Throughout my time in the legislature, I have focused not on partisan politics, but on bipartisan solutions. I am willing to work with anyone from any party, including the governor, to end this budget crisis. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner has repeatedly shown that he prefers playing political games over working toward solutions for Illinois’ problems. 

I have tried my hardest to avoid public negativity in the face of this unprecedented impasse, preferring to work in committees and directly with colleagues to find a solution that will help bring Illinois back on track and start to undo the damage the last two years have caused. But I cannot stay quiet any longer while the state of Illinois continues to hemorrhage and Illinois continues to suffer.

Gov. Rauner has repeatedly characterized other people’s ideas as “duct tape" solutions. While it’s clear that we need more than some duct tape to fix Illinois’ problems, the campaign-style advertisements from the governor attacking the very people he needs to help fix this state aren’t moving us forward either. 

For years, under both Republican and Democratic governors, the state passed a budget. The only thing that has changed in the last two years is a governor who has shown he is unwilling to compromise and work toward a solution. As countless Illinois businesses, service providers and citizens have been hurt by their government failing to enact a budget, the last thing the people of Illinois need are continued political games from the man who, while elected to govern, has yet to make any effort to lead Illinois out of the crisis he manufactured.

I stand ready and willing to work with the governor and with any of my colleagues, Republican or Democrat, to craft a responsible and balanced budget. But in order to do so, the governor needs to stop campaigning and start governing before the damage done to our Illinois communities is irreversible. Only together can we find a solution, and the only way to work together is to stop the political games and pass a responsible and balanced budget.

Stephanie Kifowit 

State representative for the 84th District 

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