Press Release

Sente Votes to Fully Fund Vital Programs, Release Millions to Municipalities


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, issued the following statement following the House’s passage of Senate Bill 2039 Wednesday, a bi-partisan bill that would release funds for numerous vital state programs including domestic violence shelters and money owed to local municipalities:

“The General Assembly made a good step forward today in passing a bi-partisan measure that would fund a variety of vital programs residents depend on, such as Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and funding for domestic violence shelters, as well as releasing millions in vital funds to local governments. These programs make a real, tangible difference in the everyday lives of people, and should not be subject to across-the-board cuts when there is so much wasteful funding to tackle.

“Providing funds for local road repairs, 9-1-1 services, and municipalities so that they can remain afloat are common-sense actions that residents and communities rely on for stability. Our local governments rely on this funding for basic operations, and they should not have been left out to dry. These programs are more than just numbers, they are people and neighborhoods that have been struggling to remain afloat.

“Drastic changes must be made in the way Illinois operates on a fiscal level, but we cannot allow vital programs to be held hostage as we work towards reform. While we still have a long way to go before we can consider this fiscal crisis resolved, this is a good sign that both sides are ready and willing to come to the table. It is my sincere hope that we can keep this momentum going as we work towards a balanced approach to resolving our budget crisis.”