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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) issued the following statement after the governor outlined his Fiscal Year 2025 budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal highlights Illinois’ continued commitment to K-12 education by continuing its commitment of a $350 million increase into school districts. By providing this additional funding, families can take comfort in knowing that their schools will have the proper resources for students to succeed. This investment has the added benefit of allowing school districts to hold the line on property taxes. 

“Increased funding for tuition assistance for college gives our students the financial stability to pursue their dreams. If we want to keep our students here, this increased funding for higher education is necessary. Making college more affordable gives students in our community the opportunity to live, learn and work in Illinois for years to come.

“The proposed increased investment for the Meals on Wheels program gives our seniors accessibility to nutritious meals and a high quality of life. This community-based assistance offers our older adults the support they deserve when they need it. I am proud to see a continued commitment in giving the dignity and respect our senior residents have earned.

“While I was pleased to see more funding toward state education, I was disappointed that there was not an increase in investment toward the Local Government Distribution Fund, which puts money back into the hands of our local municipalities. People are counting on us to make common sense decisions in Springfield. As budget negotiations continue in the few months, I am going to fight to see us get to a place where the budget is fiscally sound, helps our local economy and represents our needs."