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Dear Friends,

A new fiscal year began this week without a state spending plan in place as Illinois’ budget standoff continues. Instead of engaging in open, bipartisan negotiations, this week the Democrats who control the legislative process pushed-through an unbalanced one-month budget. We can’t keep going from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis. Illinois needs a permanent solution for our budget problems.

I’ll admit that things may appear grim, but I continue to hold on to hope that we can roll up our sleeves and, through bipartisan negotiations, find a solution to this problem. We must do what is right for the people of Illinois.

This weekend is the 4th of July! Throughout the 33rd District, there are so many fun things for you to do with your family and friends! Click on the icon to the right for a full listing of events in the area!

As the summer continues, and we work toward a balanced budget and fundamental reforms, your input continues to be important to the work I do representing you in Springfield. Please contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have, and make sure your voice is heard!

Karen McConnaughay

State Senator for the 33rd District



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