State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, issued the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s Budget Address delivered from the Old State Capitol today:
“I am concerned about what we did not hear from the Governor today. We have not seen him take accountability for his administration’s ongoing failure to protect children in the care of the state at DCFS and the veterans in our care at the LaSalle Veterans Home. The Governor’s cynical attitude toward the burden of property taxes on working families and seniors on fixed incomes is also disappointing. Instead of dealing honestly with the need for lasting property tax relief, the Governor is offering one-time election year gimmicks based on Federal funding that is quickly evaporating in a high inflation environment. The Governor’s speech today was full of self-congratulation but short on meaningful solutions on the issues Illinois families are most concerned about: crime, the rising cost of living, and caring for our most vulnerable children and veterans. Remember 18 months ago he was asking for a $3.4 billion-dollar tax increase, or we’d see draconian cuts to programs. He’s lost his credibility.”
Representative Keicher serves the 70th District, which includes portions of DeKalb County, Kane County and Boone County.