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Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker issues response to Rauner's budget address

J.B. Pritzker
J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said Wednesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner gave another budget address where he "failed to uphold his constitutional duty to introduce a balanced budget and doubled down on his same failed agenda."

In response, JB Pritzker issued the following statement:

"After three years of crisis and destruction, Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget will continue to devastate Illinois’ working families," said JB Pritzker. "Today, we saw a failed governor propose another unbalanced budget as he doubles down on his all-out assault on workers and the social services they need to build better lives. Bruce Rauner desperately ripped a page from Daniel Biss’ playbook, attempting to balance the budget on the backs of public servants by slashing their hard-earned benefits in a potentially unconstitutional scheme.

"At the same time, Rauner’s budget would have a devastating impact on childcare services, programs for the developmentally disabled, and mental health services, further decimating a social safety net Rauner has relentlessly attacked. As governor, I will provide real leadership and vision to bring our state together and clean up the damage Bruce Rauner has done."

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald