SPRINGFIELD, IL -- State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) voted with the Senate Democratic Caucus today to pass a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

“The budget that we passed today manages to do the best we can with the state’s limited resources,” stated Link.  “My goal was to make sure that education funding was not cut and that the state can continue to provide vital services to those who most need them.” 

Another important aspect of the budget is that there are dollars allocated to start to pay down the backlog of state bill that have been accumulating for the past two years.

“I am glad that the Ann M. Kiley Developmental Center, located in Waukegan, will continue to remain open and be able to receive the funding they need from the state to provide care to those with developmental disabilities,” Senator Link noted.  “The community needs this facility to keep loved ones close to home.”

The budget fully funds the pension payment for all five pension systems, Medicaid, and group insurance obligations for the coming fiscal year.  However, it does rely on finding $2.7 billion in Medicaid savings

“This budget reins in spending and will help to pay down our debts,” Senator Link stated.  “At the same time we are able to continue to fund education, the Monetary Awards Program, and the Community Care Program.”

Senate Bills 2404, 2455, and 2461 now go to the House of Representatives for the representatives’ consideration.

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SPRINGFIELD, IL –State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) wants to thank everyone who has taken the time to voice their concerns about Lakeside Towers in Waukegan.  The online petition will be presented at the beginning of June to officials at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) urging them to investigate the hub of violence surrounding the towers.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has participated in the petition drive, and urge those who have not yet had the opportunity to do so,” said Senator Terry Link.  “Over the last decade, the management of the facility has allowed Lakeside Towers to deteriorate and unfortunately it has become a hotbed of crime in our community.”

Senator Link went on to say that aside from the crime that has occurred in and around the towers, the building itself needs to be completely refurbished or torn down.  The health and safety of those living at Lakeside Towers should also be a concern to HUD.

Senator Link is continuing to urge those impacted by Lakeside Towers to sign his online petition at www.SenatorLink.com.  The petition is calling for a full investigation of the management of the towers by HUD.

To sign the petition calling for a full investigation, please click here.  For those who are unable to visit the website, constituents are urged to reach out to his District Office by writing him at 430 South Milwaukee Avenue Lincolnshire, IL  60069 or calling at (847) 821-1811.

“I have been overwhelmed by the responses so far, and I know this show of community outcry will bring this issue to the attention of HUD, who oversees low-income housing properties throughout the state,” said Link.  “I continue to urge all of those affected by Lakeside Towers to reach out to my office or on my website if you haven’t done so and please tell your friends and neighbors to do so as well.  I am working to ensure that everyone in our community has their voice heard on this issue.”

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