CHICAGO – James Muhammad, Vice-President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, issued the following response to Gov. Rauner’s statements today about his latest empty rhetoric on Illinois’ budget crisis:
“After nearly five months of refusing to sit down and negotiate with legislators, Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to hold millions of the most vulnerable Illinoisans hostage hoping legislators will enact his extreme political agenda.
“The truth is that Rauner has no interest in negotiating. He simply wants to deflect the daily headlines showing the massive human suffering his cuts are causing.
“It’s long past time for Gov. Rauner to heed the advice of his fellow Republican Gov. Jim Edgar to drop his non-budgetary sideshows like political maps and union-busting and DO HIS JOB — which is to produce a budget that is fair and equitable to all Illinoisans.”