Tracy balks at state migrant funding

Sen. Jil Tracy

QUINCY — State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) said the Pritzker Administration should not be diverting millions of taxpayer dollars to non-citizens – especially without any input from Illinois lawmakers.

On Nov. 16, Gov. JB Pritzker announced he is re-allocating $160 million from the Illinois Department of Human Services to help assist Chicago with its influx of non-citizens. Tracy said the funding issue should have been addressed with lawmakers when they were in Springfield for the Fall Veto Session Oct. 24-26 and Nov. 7-9.

“The Governor of Illinois is focused on helping non-citizens and addressing issues on the national stage, instead of finding solutions to the very real problems here in our state,” she said. “Illinois has funding shortfalls for state programs that help senior citizens, abused children, residents with developmental disabilities and mental illness, and homeless veterans, yet Pritzker has chosen to divert taxpayer dollars to non-citizens. It’s frustrating how the leadership of our state – from the Governor to the Mayor of Chicago – has failed. This is a crisis of their own making.”

Governor Pritzker’s office has said they will discuss the issue with the General Assembly in January.

Here is the projected funding breakdown:

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