Last Minute State Budget Passes House on Partisan Vote, Windhorst Votes No

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) voted to oppose legislation creating the Illinois FY 2022 state budget late Monday night of Memorial Day. Windhorst says the last-minute move by Democrats to pass a “take-it-or-leave-it” budget and capital appropriations bill reveals the need for transparency and sunshine laws.

“The Illinois FY 22 budget will spend just north of $42 billion, and I was given around 5 minutes to read the 3,000 page bill,” Windhorst said. “Besides being humanly impossible for anyone to fully understand, it is the height of irresponsible government to do the business of the people under the cover of darkness at midnight on Memorial Day weekend. Democrats in charge hope no one is paying attention to how they are spending taxpayer money, including the $1 billion in undefined pork projects that were slipped into the bill at the last minute.”

The FY 2022 State budget passed the Illinois House on partisan lines with all Republicans opposing the measure.