Are politicians ready to talk about budget cuts? They will have to be this year, says Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego). The legislative session begins Jan. 31. Every seat in the General Assembly is up for election in November. Many races will have primaries on March 20.
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“The day of legislators and statewide candidates – for years, the pitch was, I’m gonna do all this for education, I’m gonna do all this for human services, I’m gonna do all this for seniors, and I’m gonna spend more money, spend more money, spend more money. And I think legislators and elected officials and the public need to understand that those days of making those types of promises are over in this state,” Cross said. Cross says cuts must come in the areas of Medicaid and pensions, otherwise it’ll be impossible not to cut education and human services. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) says education has gotten millions in increases in the last decade, so it’s not unreasonable to hold that spending flat.