The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Illinois:
Money for legislators, not for workers' kids

Jun 11, 2001

Illinois state legislators just passed a 53 billion dollar "austerity" budget. Cut from the budget was a program called Family Care, which had provided health insurance to the children of working parents with low incomes. This program would have cost the state seven million dollars.

So what did the legislators do with the money saved? They put in a budget authorization for refurbishing their offices. While they were at it, they treated themselves to new curtains and chairs.

Since this was an "austerity" budget to prepare for a possible recession, wouldn't you figure they went out to the local Office Depot sale? Nope. Chairs for Assembly members cost $1,600 each, and those for Senators cost $1,800 each. Austerity or not, providing a soft cushion for their butts is their number one priority. The health of children will just have to wait.