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Mayors rally against Rauner’s budget cuts

It’s not just Chicago’s mayor who’s at odds with Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget cuts. Today, suburban and downstate Illinois mayors are imploring the governor to go back on a proposed 50 percent reduction in the amount of money the state gives to local municipalities. They say the cuts would do irreparable damage to their communities…Please click here for Paris Schutz’s story on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.

The Tribune / Daily Southtown reports a similar story, “Mayors organize to fight Rauner’s fund grab:”

Suburban mayors have launched a public relations campaign attacking Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to take away half of their share of state income tax revenue to patch a multi-billion dollar budget hole.

In addition to calling a news conference to blast Rauner’s plan to cut the share of income tax revenue the suburbs get from the state, the mayors from DuPage, Will and McHenry County, along with organizations representing the south suburbs, have launched a Web site,, to rally public support to their cause…Please click here for Phil Kadner’s column.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports “Suburban Mayors Criticize Rauner Budget Cuts:”

More Illinois mayors are complaining about Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed reductions in state money for local governments.

The governor says Illinois spends beyond its means. He claims the reductions to municipalities would put Illinois in line with surrounding states.

“You can’t solve the state’s problems by impoverishing its cities,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner…Please click here for Charles Thomas’ story.

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