State lawmakers tried to glean information Tuesday on what the governor’s budget will look like from several of his picks run state agencies. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) was unsuccessful in getting a sense of what cuts may be coming when he asked Candice Jones, director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, about the next budget.
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“Do you foresee a budget that would reduce your department’s ability to operate in the coming fiscal year?” Manar asked at a hearing on the appointments.
“I’m really excited for the governor to make his address next week,” Jones said. “I don’t want to be out in front of them. I want to offer that respect, and let him let everyone know what his vision is comprehensively and then drill down.”
The Senate Committee on Executive Appointments unanimously recommended all the appointees that came before the panel today, though they still must be approved by the full Senate.