05292018KS0368 rSPRINGFIELD —  State Senator Kwame Raoul (D- Chicago 13th)issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan budget package that fully funds education and restores funding for vital community programs:

“Instead of being consumed by partisan bickering, I am glad that we were able to work together this year to pass a balanced budget that provides certainty for our state. I hope that Governor Rauner lives up to his stated desire for criminal justice reform by signing this package that includes much-needed investment in disenfranchised communities