lll. Lt. Gov. Stratton: ‘We Need the Federal Government to Step up’ with City, State Bailouts

‘We need leadership from the federal government to step up and make sure that states and local units of government have the kind of support they need’

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STRATTON: “Look, at every single level of government we see just an incredible financial crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, something that none of us expected that we would have to deal with. But here we are, we see record numbers of people have filed for unemployment. We see every level of government really struggling from what they thought their budgets would be and not being able to maintain that and we need assistance from the federal government. We need assistance to help our business owners, we need assistance to help with the residents of our state. And that’s something that we will continue to advocate for. So we know that these executive orders did not do anything to really help the people that need the most help. That’s what we have to be focused on. Today we are offering emergency rental assistance through our Illinois housing development authority, here in Illinois because people need help being able to pay their rent for the remainder of this year. We are going to kick off a similar program for mortgage assistance. People are hungry. There are so many issues that have come up, we need leadership from the federal government to step up and make sure that states and local units of government have the kind of support that they need.”

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