SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Senate Bill 1229 Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Contact: Graeme Zielinski, Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Senate Bill 1229 Vote

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher following the House veto override vote Wednesday on Senate Bill 1229.

“Rauner Inc. spent a lot of time and effort mischaracterizing this legislation, which would have prevented damaging service disruptions forced by the bargaining approach Rauner has chosen, specifically in hopes that no deal will be reached. Yet despite Rauner’s threatening and bullying of both Democrats and his fellow Republicans in unprecedented ways – leveraging limitless money and every last ounce of his political capital – a strong majority still voted to in favor of these common sense reforms.”

“Now that this fight is over, we hope that Bruce Rauner heeds the advice of Gov. Jim Edgar and other Republicans to abandon his “my-way-or-the-highway” approach and come together with legislative leaders to fashion a budget that benefits all Illinoisans-not merely a political document that punishes his enemies and satisfies his extreme ideology.”

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