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“Money Talks” This Month in Illinois

March 10, 2008

Marion and Decatur, IL – Residents are being asked to sharpen their pencils and help Illinois lawmakers determine how the state's budget should be spent, and where the money should come from.

The first in a series of meetings begin today in Marion and Decatur, with hearings scheduled across the state throughout the month. Jerry Stermer, of the group Voices for Illinois Children, says budgets for the various state priorities reflect state values.

"This is an opportunity for citizens to speak out about the things that our important to us, priorities such as education and healthcare."

House Speaker Michael Madigan arranged for the hearings to give the public a chance to offer advice. Stermer explains the budgets are tied to the revenue system, which he believes, in Illinois, needs some updating.

"It's not just about the spending, but the importance of having a revenue system that raises enough money, and raises money fairly."

The complete hearing schedule can be found online, on page two of www.housedem.state.il.us.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - IL