State of Illinois Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
Tepid welfare reform is the best we can get right now
Doug Truax lashed out at state Sen. Jim Oberweis' "yes" vote on Tuesday's landmark pension reform bill. "Illinois is the worst run state in America due to a political class--largely Democrats--that consistently fails to put the interests of everyday
taxpayers first," Truax said in a statement. "My opponent, Jim Oberweis, knows this but voted anyway in favor of a tepid pension reform bill that is likely to result in further tax increases and a continued stagnant economy. Every other financial 'fix'
passed in Springfield the past decade has harmed taxpayers. Mr. Oberweis needs to explain why he so easily voted with the status quo that never solves problems but rather transfers them to the next generation."
Oberweis voted in favor of the measure
that promises to ultimately save the state $160 billion. In his remarks from the Illinois Senate floor, Oberweis said the bill wasn't true reform--but it was the best that Illinois was going to get right now.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times on 2014 Illinois Senate race
Dec 4, 2013
Hardest Hit program: Keep 6,550 families in their homes
Four years ago, runaway bankers brought the Illinois economy to its knees.
These shady operators peddled risky mortgage loan products--costing far too many people their homes. We must protect our homeowners from this kind of fraud and abuse.
In our Illinois, we do not forget about our hardest hit families during their time of need. That's why we've helped 6,550 families in 92 counties stay in their homes through our Hardest Hit program.
And more than half a million families received counseling and other resources through the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network that I launched last year.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature
Feb 6, 2013
Maintain human services even during the Great Recession
We're using strategic borrowing where necessary, in order to get our state through a tough time. There was an effort last summer to cut human services in Illinois during this Great Recession, cut them in half. Now I didn't think that was right, and
I vetoed that budget. And we passed a different budget, one that does involve some borrowing in order to keep our human services going.
What are these human services?
They are things like child care to make sure that working parents have a good place for their children to go to, during the day. Same way with our community care, to help our seniors stay in their home, so they don't have to go to a nursing home.
Same way with our persons with disabilities, for independent living. So we rejected the unwise efforts to cut the budget for those with disabilities. It's very important, even in a tough time, that we always retain our heart, our decency.
Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address
Jan 13, 2010
Welfare funding to faith-based & private organizations
Bost indicates support of the following principles regarding welfare.
Source: 2000 Illinois National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2000
- Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
- Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
- Increase employment and job
training programs for welfare recipients.
- Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
- Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
- Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business, or buying a home.
- Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
- Eliminate government-funded
- Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
Advocate privately funded assistance to people in need
Davis indicates support for the following principles regarding Illinois' welfare system.
Source: Illinois State 1996 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 1996
- Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
- Require that
able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
- Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Limit the benefits given to welfare recipients if they have additional children.
- Eliminate government funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
- Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are
able to work.
- Require mothers age 18 and under to complete high school through mandatory "Learnfare" program.
- Continue "Earnfare" as a voluntary program in which food stamps recipients work to earn money and pay off food stamps.