The Charleston Area Chamber of Commerce Diplomats are hosting a “Legislative Update” lunch on Thursday, June 15 at the Unique Suites Hotel, 920 West Lincoln Avenue in Charleston. The lunch will begin at noon and conclude by 1:30.
State Senator Dale Righter and State Representative Reggie Phillips will speak to the group and give an overview of the current issues facing the state.
A buffet lunch will be served promptly at noon with time for eating and networking. The legislative update will begin at 12:20 followed by time for questions from the attendees.
The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person and $11 for Charleston Chamber Diplomats. Seating will be at tables of eight. All area business people are welcome to attend.
Pre-registration is required. Reservations can be made by calling the Charleston Chamber office at 345-7041 or registering online at www.charlestonchamber.com by the end of the day Monday, June 12.
Despite a stopgap budget that got the state through the last election season, Illinois has languished without a fully funded budget for nearly 2 years.
Governor Rauner and state lawmakers have been at odds since he took office, with Rauner pushing for a package of “pro-business” “reforms” that Democrats and others say are non-budgetary items. Caught in the middle of this ideological disagreement is the actual state budget.
While some items and entities have received some funding due to emergency and stopgap measures, a backlog of bills is piling up, and social and other services that rely on state funding continue to suffer.
According to a factsheet compiled by the Responsible Budget Coalition, more than 1 million Illinoisans have lost access to critical services and the state has nearly $13 billion in unpaid bills.
Mark your calendar now for Thursday, June 15 and get the latest updates on these important issues from your state legislators.