Sen. Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lighford

SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford released the following statement after the governor outlined his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2025:

“As we navigate the fiscal landscape of our state, it is imperative to craft a budget that prioritizes the well-being and prosperity of all Illinoisans, addresses the key issues facing our communities and fosters sustainable economic growth. The proposed $13 million investment to launch the Department of Early Childhood will ground on our transition to a whole, trauma-informed approach to meeting children’s diverse needs.

“Investing in education is investing in our future. I continue to stand in support of allocating additional funds to enhance K-12 education, ensuring that every student has access to quality resources and opportunities. This includes ensuring adequate funding for underprivileged schools and supporting initiatives aimed at reducing the opportunity gap.

“We must put forth a budget that outlines strategic investments in education, health care, infrastructure and economic development to address the diverse needs of Illinois residents. By working collaboratively and making prudent financial decisions, we can build a stronger, more equitable future for all.”