State of Illinois Archives: on Budget & Economy


Chris Kennedy: Invest in economic incubators; create jobs for our kids

If we invest in economic incubators, we can keep our children close to home. They will not need to leave our state to find jobs, they will not be forced to leave their families to seek work, they can stay in the towns they grew up in, and they can rely on their parents and uncles and aunts to help raise their children and pass on the values that they learned there as well. Governor Rauner's cuts to these incubators are destroying our ability to create jobs in the future, which is critical to restoring the American Dream in our state. Rauner and his Republican allies fooled us once in 2014, and shame on them. Let's not let the Republicans get away with fooling us again in this year's election. He's cut off funding for tourism agencies and convention bureaus, shrinking our economy as he does so. He has gutted funding for higher education and economic incubators all around the state."
Source: 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, KennedyForIllinois.com Jan 31, 2017

Bruce Rauner: Reduce regulatory costs & economy will take off like rocket

Our state's economy could take off like a rocket ship if we could just come together on major pro-jobs legislation. Lawmakers from both parties deserve credit for working to reduce regulatory costs and property tax burdens that make businesses in Illinois less competitive than our neighbors. Hopefully we can build upon these initial proposals to ensure they drive big results on job creation. And hopefully we can work together to cut the red tape even more--reducing filing fees and costly licensing barriers that prevent hard-working Illinoisans from qualifying for good, high-paying jobs.

When it comes to the budget, we all can agree Illinois HAS to do something different. Our Administration has offered many proposals to achieve a truly balanced budget with changes that fundamentally fix our broken system. We must remember that to keep budgets balanced in the future, our rate of economic growth must be higher than our rate of government spending growth. It's just simple math.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Illinois Legislature Jan 25, 2017

Mike Bost: Focus on "what to cut" instead of "how much to spend"

Money doesn't grow on trees but those in Washington often think it does. For too long, legislators went to Washington with a focus of "how much to spend" instead of "what to cut." Because of that mindset, federal spending is out-of-control with growing deficits that place the burden on future generations.

Just as Americans must balance their own household budgets, Congress should be held to the same standards. The next Congress must balance our federal budget in a reasonable, responsible way.

Source: 2014 Illinois House campaign website, BostForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Ameya Pawar: Pushed economic development projects totaling $300 million

My office passed ten major pieces of city-wide legislation, which includes:
Source: Illinois 2018 Gubernatorial campaign website, Chicago47.org Nov 1, 2014

Sharon Hansen: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity

Question topic: Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Hansen: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Illinois Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit: affordable homeownership in Great Recession

Building the middle class means keeping families in their homes. Thousands of hardworking Illinois families were in danger of losing their homes in the Great Recession. But we worked to fight foreclosure and promote affordable homeownership.

We launched the Illinois' Hardest Hit program to help working families keep their homes. More than 11,000 families, in nearly every county, have received the foreclosure prevention support they needed.

We also launched Welcome Home Heroes to give military families an opportunity to buy a home after sacrificing so much to protect our freedom. Thanks to Welcome Home Heroes, 1,150 military families have accessed more than $140 million to help buy their homes.

And we haven't forgotten about our neighbors with developmental disabilities. That's why we financed more than 2,100 new supportive housing units to provide individuals with disabilities more choices in their communities.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Illinois legislature Jan 29, 2014

Pat Quinn: Restrain spending by $220B by Budgeting For Results

We have taken the first steps to stabilize our budget--with a comprehensive plan to restrain spending and reform state government. The first part of this plan is budget restraint--finding new ways to reduce unnecessary state spending. Since taking office, I have reduced our spending every year. No area is above review. Last year, we enacted a landmark pension reform law--the most far-reaching public pension reform in our nation's history.

Over the next generation, we will save the people of Illinois $220 billion. Our commitment to taxpayers is simple: we will only use tax dollars to provide necessary state services. All unnecessary state spending will be eliminated. We are looking at programs in a new way--saving taxpayer dollars while improving the services we deliver. This new approach is called 'budgeting for results'. The spending reductions and program reforms I am talking about today are the result of our budgeting for results process.

Source: Illinois 2011 State of the State Budget Address Feb 16, 2011

Alexi Giannoulias: Bush-Cheney policies bailed out banks & created crisis

The large banks that caused the near-collapse of the global financial system were bailed out by taxpayers and have used the money on bonuses for their executives.

Voters of Illinois will be faced with a clear choice: go back to the reckless Bush-Cheney fiscal policies Mark Kirk supported that cost this state hundreds of thousands of jobs and created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, or move forward to fundamentally change our economy and create the next generation of good jobs.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, AlexiForIllinois.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

Dick Durbin: Doing nothing in economic crisis abdicates responsibility

Sauerberg didn’t mince words when asked why he wanted to change careers and go to Washington: “Ineptitude in government.”

Sauerberg said that other steps could have been taken to shore up the economy in the wake of a $700 billion rescue plan passed by lawmakers.

Durbin was quick to defend his vote in favor of last week’s economic rescue package. “The alternative was to do nothing and doing nothing I think would have been an abdication of responsibility,” Durbin said.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Steven Sauerberg: Opposes $700 billion rescue plan

Sauerberg didn’t mince words when asked why he wanted to change careers and go to Washington: “Ineptitude in government.”

Sauerberg said that other steps could have been taken to shore up the economy in the wake of a $700 billion rescue plan passed by lawmakers.

Durbin was quick to defend his vote in favor of last week’s economic rescue package. “The alternative was to do nothing and doing nothing I think would have been an abdication of responsibility,” Durbin said.

Source: 2008 Illinois Senate Debate reported in Chicago Sun Times Oct 7, 2008

Barack Obama: Bush’s economic policies are not working

Obama believes that there is no such thing as a “jobless recovery.” When millions of Americans aren’t working, neither are the Bush Administration’s economic policies. As US Senator, Obama will champion policies that get our economy moving and people working instead of short-sighted tax-cuts for the rich that have failed to spark a recovery.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

Barack Obama: Supports federal programs to protect rural economy

Our rural communities are the backbone of Illinois. Yet, factories have closed, jobs have disappeared, and homes and farms have been foreclosed upon. Effective federal programs are necessary to protect the rural economy.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, ObamaForIllinois.com May 2, 2004

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