As you know, Illinois is in a fiscal crisis. Since changes took place, many people, including myself, were concerned that working families, seniors and Illinois’ most vulnerable would lose access to important programs.

I have maintained throughout the entire budget impasse that compromise is essential to changing the direction our state is on.  Thankfully, my efforts in demanding a compromise for the hardworking families in need have finally been heard. Most importantly, the compromise was accomplished without the need for legislation.

The compromise I speak of did several things.