"As the ongoing budget standoff in Springfield slowly moves toward a year of financial gridlock, state legislators from DuPage County and state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger said they are frustrated yet hopeful...." Read more here in Suburban Life,.

If you were unable to attend the town hall in person, you can view it here.

Via American Legion Post 43 and VFW Post 3873:

The Hines Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) will be at the Naperville VFW Post on Tuesday, May 3rd from 9AM until 2PM. Come in and get signed up for VA healthcare. The Hines staff is there to assist you in getting enrolled. Make sure you bring a copy of your DD-214 or if you are a WWII Veteran your discharge papers.

In order to access many of the programs the VA offers you must be enrolled in VA Healthcare. If you enroll now, when the time comes to use the VA you can have immediate access. Also, remember this, the VA budget is based on

The State VFW Veteran Service Officer (VSO) will also be there to answer questions and help in filing claims.

Statement of State Representative Grant Wehrli on Passage of Senate Bill 2059 as amended:

“After a ten month stalemate and a week of game-playing by the Speaker, today we saw a ray of hope. Sincere, bi-partisan efforts by rank-and-file members have yielded an agreement that will give universities, community colleges and our students that depend on MAP grants some breathing room. The $600 million in emergency funding will come out of the Educational Assistance Fund. The money is there, and the Governor has agreed to sign the allocation when it reaches his desk. This is proof that we can find solutions when we work together. Now, let’s get that spirit of bi-partisan cooperation working on a full year, responsible budget,” said State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville).

I have learned a lot of things in my first year in the General Assembly, but a few lessons stand out above the rest. One of those is the undeniable fact that Illinois government is addicted to promising money that it does not have. This past month, there were two perfect examples in the General Assembly of lawmakers promising money to struggling universities and students that their proposals won’t deliver. Read more at Positively Naperville.