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Statement on Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address

Gaylord Gieseke, president of Voices for Illinois Children, issued the statement below following Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address today:

In his State of the State speech today, Governor Bruce Rauner called for increasing investments in preschool and K-12 education. Voices for Illinois Children strongly supports increasing our currently-inadequate levels of state funding for education, but we also recognize that children live and develop in families and communities. Without significant new sources of revenue, other investments in children — such as access to health services, affordable child care, afterschool programs, and job training for youth — face devastating cuts. Children cannot be expected to thrive in school and beyond when working families and communities don’t have the resources needed to invest in children’s well-being and prepare them for a lifetime of success.

We look forward to working with Governor Rauner and legislators for a balanced approach that raises the resources our state needs to fund the range of investments necessary to promote children’s well-being.

You can watch the full video of Governor Rauner’s address here.

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