House Speaker Madigan: Governor Failed Women, Children and Elderly While Helping Chicago’s McCormick Place

Springfield, IL—(ENEWSPF)—August 20, 2015. House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Thursday, after the governor signed legislation authorizing the use of state funds for McCormick Place while opposing funding for women, children and the elderly:

“Governor Rauner’s piecemeal approach to federally funded programs creates more hardship and confusing disruptions. A few weeks ago, he vetoed all federally funded program spending. Now he cherry picks and says ‘no’ to state funding for critically needed services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, assistance for children with development disabilities and meals for the elderly. He also reversed course with the decision to support spending state money to pay Chicago’s McCormick Place bankers.

“The governor’s office called the inclusion of funding for these programs a ‘poison pill,’ and more than one House Republican made similar comments on the House floor, even going so far as to say these programs were ‘extra nonsense’ that ‘got in the way’ while they insisted on spending additional state money to ensure McCormick Place’s bankers get paid. I take great exception to those disparaging comments, as do the women, children and elderly who would have benefitted from the state dollars House Democrats supported.”

Source: Speaker Madigan’s Office