This is a call to action. I am asking you to support Senate Bill 3, a debt restructuring plan to pay Illinois’ bills now.
As you know, for too long, the State of Illinois has failed to pay its bills – ‘balancing’ its books on the backs of its vendors, health care organizations, and social service agencies. As a result of our state’s failure to pay its bills, organizations around the state are unable to make their payroll, have been forced to layoff employees, and some have even had close their doors entirely.
But there is hope – and we need your help.
Senate Bill 3 (fact sheet, ILGA website) is a plan to immediately pay down all the bills that Illinois already owes, and is paid for by revenues already being collected from the recent tax increase. Debt restructuring – similar to consolidating credit cards – is the only way for Illinois to pay its bills and save money today, rather than six months or a year later.
Legislators need to hear from you.
Pat Quinn, Governor
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I am writing to ask you to support Senate Bill 3 (Cullerton), a debt restructuring plan to pay Illinois’ bills.
As a result of our state’s failure to pay its bills, organizations around the state are unable to make their payroll, have been forced to layoff employees, or even close their doors.
In tough economic times, people need social services more than ever. Illinois’ vendors, social service agencies, and health care organizations do the work that helps keep our state and our families running, and they need to be paid what they are owed. And they need to be paid now.
Debt restructuring is the only way to pay down the backlog of bills that Illinois already owes, is paid for by revenues from the recent tax increase, and saves the state money.
Illinois cannot keep ‘balancing’ its books on the backs of its vendors, social service agencies, and health care organizations. The State of Illinois has a moral obligation to pay its vendors what they are owed; organizations simply cannot keep functioning when they are paid months and months later – or not at all.
Once again, I strongly urge you to vote ‘yes’ on Senate Bill 3. The time to act is now – and this plan means the difference between our state’s essential services functioning – or not.
Our economy, our jobs and our state’s future depend on your action in the General Assembly. Please support Senate Bill 3.
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