With Monday marking the start of the state legislature's spring session, Illinoisans are urging lawmakers to support a "Responsible Budget Resolution."
The resolution, HR 922, backed by the Responsible Budget Coalition, comes as the state enters its tenth month without a budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
"HR 922 declares support for a budget that chooses revenue - not cuts - to invest in children, families, communities, and small businesses," the Responsible Budget Coalition said in a press release.
The resolution, filed by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago), calls on the legislature to "work together to modernize and reform the tax code and to immediately pass a fiscal year 2016 budget that will stabilize the lives of Illinois' children, families, communities, and businesses."
The House Subcommittee on Finance is slated to hold a hearing Wednesday on the resolution.
Earlier today, the Responsible Budget Coalition, made up of over 250 organizations in Illinois, held a press conference about the resolution at the Jackson County Health Department in Murphysboro.
Among those at today's press conference was the Rev. Bill Sasso with the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and a board member of the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois.
"It's a statement of intention," Sasso said of the resolution. "It's not a bill that funds things or creates taxes, but what it does is that it states a public commitment on a part of a legislator, especially those legislators who vote for it -- they're public commitment to maintain public services at a responsible level as supposed to cutting them further."