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Wallace: Rauner’s Budget Plan Prioritizes Politics over People -- Press Release Attached


June 16, 2016 Rep. Litesa Wallace

Wallace: Rauner's Budget Plan Prioritizes Politics over People

ROCKFORD, Ill. – State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, on Thursday was
critical of funding left out of Gov. Bruce Rauner's stop-gap budget
proposal that would sacrifice critical funding for Illinois' working
families, children and senior citizens while sparing the wealthiest
Illinoisans, and prioritizing expenses like office supplies for state
agencies over domestic violence shelters, breast cancer screening
programs and financial aid for college students.

"Illinois has gone nearly a year without a state budget and that is
simply unacceptable," Wallace said. "Now, the governor wants legislators
to vote for a budget that massively underfunds programs that keep
seniors in their own homes and provide essential services for disabled
children and those w…

Senator Stadelman's Weekly Bulletin - June 14, 2016

Blame game won't break budget stalemate As pressure builds across the state in the absence of a budget deal, State Senator Steve Stadelman and school superintendents independently called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to rise above political games and personal attacks and work with lawmakers on an emergency, short-term budget and funding for schools. "Let's stop the name-calling and finger-pointing," Stadelman said."Attacking those on the other side of the bargaining table generally doesn't make it easier to reach a deal. Instead of focusing on the November election, we need to agree on a budget now." Without a budget, school superintendents across Illinois are left wondering if they'll have the resources to open and stay open when the school year begins at the end of summer. They also want the governor to work with Democrats on a school funding formula overhaul that takes into consideration factors like student poverty rates and local property tax wealth. &…

Rockford Rivets win in exciting fashion 15-14 in ten innings

Rockford's newest baseball team, the Rockford Rivets, beat the Kenosha Kingfish Friday night in exciting fashion 15-14 in ten innings. The Rivets jumped to an early lead, at one time leading the Kingfish 14-3. The Kingfish fought back, steadily scoring runs, scoring two more runs in the ninth inning to tie the game at 14-14. Almost four hours into the game, a 10th inning single drove in the winning run for the Rivets.

I was at this game. It was fun and I encourage you to take your friends and family to a Rivet's baseball game.

Visit the Rockford Rivet's website for more news and to order tickets to an upcoming game. reports problems with nearly all major cell phone carriers, June 3, 2016 reports problems with nearly all major cellular phone carriers, June 3, 2016. If the information at is correct, cellular phone service (iOS, Android and Windows-based phones) is spotty at best, or at worst down in many cities in the United States. has a message on that site mentioning the outage, but I can't seem to find any other news coverage on this situation.

Send me a note at:
to let me know if your cell service is up or down today, Friday, June 3, 2016

How's your cellular phone service today Friday?

I've heard multiple reports of AT&T and Verizon cellular service being unavailable late today, Friday, June 3, 2016. I can't seem to find any major news reports on it though.

Email me at if you are having problems with your cellular phone service today, Friday, June 3, 2016. Let me know who your carrier is too.

Thank you, Paul Gorski, Editor,