Springfield, IL – So we all know that Illinois can’t put together a budget to save “our” lives and that state funded organizations everywhere are suffering because of it. People are suffering because of it.
Well, it appears just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger in Illinois, they always do. After the announcement by Secretary of State Jesse White who said that Illinois would be “skipping” the holiday Capitol Lights tradition (because the lights come at a cost to the taxpayers of $7,300), Illinois Policy Institute executive vice president Kristina Rasmussen responded by launching an online effort asking the “public” to raise enough money to put the Christmas lights on the Illinois State Capitol dome this year.
According to Rasmussen’s Go Fund Me page, she states;
“Every year the Illinois Statehouse dome is decorated with festive holiday lights. Illinois is broke, and state officials are wisely cutting back on non-essential spending. The Secretary of State’s office estimates that it costs $7,300 to hang the lights. Let’s come together as a community to privately fund this annual tradition. Please donate today.
My name is Kristina Rasmussen and I live in Springfield, Ill. I’m a proud local resident and I want to see the Christmas lights on the statehouse dome. I will personally turn over the donations from the campaign to the Illinois Secretary of State so they can move forward with stringing the lights as usual.”
As you can imagine asking a taxing body to fork up cash for our State’s budget woes has some up in arms. Some of the pubic comments are;
“Lights are nice but what about the senior citizens that r getting a meal taken away from them. Most seniors that use this program tely on this meal and make it 2 or 3 meals so they can actually eat. Not they are having a day taken away and they will have even less food.”
“Read the fine print. The person raising this money can do whatever she wants with it. There’s also no guarantee the state would be able to accept the money and use it for the stated purpose. Finally, those lights are tacky!”
“Let me get this straight: Your private organization of libertarian extremists are among those who agree with Gov. Rauner’s anti-worker “Turnaround Plan” – even going so far as to suggest that he should “lay off the entire state workforce” – but you’re willing to call for donations to light the Capitol dome. If our governor would sign a fair budget instead of holding our state’s budget hostage pending capitulation to his anti-worker agenda, the lights would be on the dome – paid for by our tax dollars. Welcome to the United States of America. We are NOT supposed to be reliant on a donor class. This is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Those of us who have to work for a living count as people.”
We’d like to know your thoughts? Feel free to chime in. If you would like to visit Rasmussen’s page, you can find it here: https://www.gofundme.com/ar8hrmne