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McCaleb: Let state leaders know: Adopt a budget

We don’t often express our opinion on the front page of the newspaper.

Today, we make a rare exception. And for good reason.

Under the large, bold headline, “Enough!”, we published the photos of Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with this secondary headline: “Daily Chronicle joins newspapers from across Illinois in demanding a balanced budget be approved for fiscal 2017.”

On today’s Opinion page (12), we publish an editorial written by the Editorial Board of the State Journal-Register in Springfield calling for Rauner, Madigan and Cullerton to stop the madness and work together to adopt a balanced state budget. The editorial is being published today by more than 60 newspapers across the state, and on the front pages of many of them.

Angie Muhs, executive editor of the State Journal-Register, reached out to fellow newspapers last week through the Illinois Associated Press and the Illinois Press Association, suggesting newspapers join forces to deliver this important message to Rauner and our elected state representatives.

We were happy to oblige.

The Daily Chronicle has written countless editorials on this subject since last July 1, when the state entered fiscal 2016 without a budget. The damage since then – to small businesses owed hundreds of millions of dollars by the state, to social service agencies, to schools and health care providers – has touched just about every community in the state, including here in DeKalb County.

We are just two days away from entering another fiscal year without a budget.

We can’t allow our elected officials to do this to Illinois for another year.

Call Madigan’s district office at 773-581-8000.

Call Cullerton’s district office at 773-883-0770.

Call Rauner’s office at 217-782-0244.

Tell them to stop playing games, get back to work and reach an agreement on a balanced budget.

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of Shaw Media, owner of The Daily Chronicle. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @Dan_McCaleb.

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