During the House Floor debate on Friday with only 4 days left in the regular session, Rep. Randy Frese stood up to join House Republicans in calling for a commitment towards a budget solution and compromise. 
 
 
The General Assembly has a few days left to get a budget passed, and needs to continue to work towards a bipartisan compromise to our State's budget impasse. Rank and file members have been in working groups aimed at bridging the gap and coming up with both reforms and budgetary compromises. Speaker Madigan dismissed these inclusive groups, saying they haven't made progress. He's wrong. They're making progress, they're working in good faith, and regardless of Speaker Madigan's efforts to keep the legislature divided, rank and file members need to continue their work.
For over a year, Illinois has needed bipartisan negotiations to produce a balanced budget that meets the needs of all of the Illinoisans that it serves, while enacting reforms to set the state on a brighter economic path forward. While this effort has seemed uneasy in Springfield, at this time rank and file legislative members from both sides of the aisle are meeting, and my hope is that we will all see effective budgeting with political games taken out of the formula. 

Illinois’ typical political games are no longer acceptable at this time, as agencies and individuals have been calling my office daily for the funds they deserve and desire. We haven’t had a budget in over a year, and it’s time for any compromises to get real results. Illinoisans called for reforms in Springfield, and they should be given those reforms with an effective budget, right now.

It is my hope that the Chicago Democrats that have controlled the House and Senate for a long time, and that have to this day brushed aside reforms as unnecessary to their typical process, take the negotiations that have been taking place into honest consideration.

Uncompromised control of the budget will obviously not be signed into law. Illinois needs reforms to grow jobs so that more people are paying the taxes Chicago Democrats crave. And the more people paying taxes, in effect less taxation will be needed.

We just have to see the reforms we all know Illinois needs in one effective, compromised budget.
 
-State Representative Randy Frese

UPDATE FROM SPRINGFIELD 5/25:

Chicago Democrats Bring Spending Plan that Ignores Bipartisan Budget Compromises

House Republicans took to the press corps to explain the rules that were broken by House Democrats who cut short debate on a 500 page, $40 billion spending plan that was dropped an hour before it was called.  The process in Springfield is broken.  We need to #reformIL



 
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Randy Frese (R-Paloma) approved of a stopgap measure that will get many vital social services, from autism research to community services, appropriated to their due recipients. Senate Bill 2038 sends almost $700 million worth of social services.

Rep. Frese stated, “I was pleased to vote for this measure because it removes important social services from the rough processes occurring in Springfield, and I hope this can begin bipartisan negotiations that will make Illinois’ state government more serviceable to its people. While I was disappointed that critical funding for human services facilities and prisons were omitted from the bill, I remain hopeful that the legislature will enact bipartisan negotiated reforms going forward.”

Senate Bill 2038 awaits further consideration from the Senate.