Statement: Jesiel Dissatisfied Budget Agreement Still Not Passed as Regular Session Ends

"Nothing is more important to the residents of Illinois than a bi-partisan agreement on a balanced budget. I’m dissatisfied and disappointed that the progress toward compromise was dismantled as the minutes ticked down to the end of regular session tonight.

Realistic opportunities to produce a solution existed; unfortunately, the will to pursue and enact them did not. For months, groups have been working on solutions; for months, the process was delayed in order to force a last-minute vote. We should have been able to produce and vote on a constitutionally-required balanced budget tonight. Illinoisans deserve better."