Rep. Mayfield Fighting to Continue Essential Services during Rauner’s Government


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, is working to protect middle-class families, the elderly and some of Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s government shutdown by voting to keep essential services functioning.

“The governor’s games with our state budget have gone on for far too long, and now they are threatening potentially life-saving services,” said Mayfield. “While work continues to pass a long-term budget, we need to provide assurance to hard-working families, seniors and the disabled that the services they need will continue.”

As a new fiscal year began without a long-term state budget in place Wednesday, a number of critical services including in-home care for seniors, the salaries of state police officers, therapeutic services for the developmentally disabled and even the incarceration of sexually violent criminals were at risk of being stopped.

Mayfield is supporting a critical services budget which provides continued funding for some of Illinois’ most important state services while legislators and the governor work to craft a long-term state budget. Mayfield voted to protect critical funding for the Community Care Program, which allows elderly residents to stay in their homes and avoid costlier nursing home care, therapy and work placement assistance for the physically disabled, care for aging veterans, protective shelters for children who are victims of abuse, and public safety services, including operating expenses for prisons and the Illinois State Police, and funding for a program that keeps dangerous sexual predators incarcerated.

“We are in a critical moment and decisive action is needed,” said Mayfield. “I will continue to work to prevent a shutdown of integral services like police and necessary care for the injured and elderly. We have work to do, and quickly, because these services affect real people.”

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