06 04 Dunkin Puts Needs of Community First as Spring Session Ends
CHICAGO – As chairman of the Joint Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) concluded a busy spring session on Friday focusing on maintaining funding for education in Illinois, keeping our communities safe, and expanding health care coverage to those who need it most.

“We have taken important steps toward tackling many of the issues facing the state,” Dunkin said. “From encouraging fiscal responsibility to putting people back to work and making sure our children receive world-class educations, I believe the work we did over the past few months will continue to move Illinois in the right direction.”

As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee for Higher Education, Dunkin led the fight to make sure that all Illinois schools are adequately funded. Funding for state universities and community colleges saw a slight increase and Dunkin helped direct that money to some of the areas in the most need, such as Chicago State University. Dunkin voted to fund elementary and secondary education at the same level as last year; including making sure general state aid did not see a decrease in funding.

Dunkin was a strong and leading voice in the fight against allowing concealed and carry legislation in Illinois. He voted against legislation that took away the City of Chicago’s authority to enforce its own firearm policy and would put more guns on our streets. Dunking firmly believes that as the city continues efforts to crack down on violence, adding additional guns to the street would make the current situation worse.

“As state representative, I believe one of my greatest duties is to take care of our children,” Dunkin said. “This means doing everything in our power to make sure that they have a chance to succeed. I know by keeping guns off our streets and investing in education, we are making the necessary investment in Illinois’ future.”

Continuing his efforts to make sure that all residents of the 5th District have access to quality health care, Dunkin supported Senate Bill 26. This legislation implements the Affordable Care Act throughout Illinois. Under this measure, an additional 342,000 low-income, uninsured Illinoisans will now be able to receive affordable medical care. The bill also restores some of the cuts made to the Medicaid program last year, including reimbursements for wheel chairs and dental coverage

“All of the reforms made in Springfield will have a real and positive impact on Illinois residents,” Dunkin said. “I am proud to help bring the Affordable Care Act to Illinois and help hundreds of residents receive the quality medical care they deserve. I look forward to spending time in my district in the coming months to meet with community leaders and residents to find more ways to move the state forward.”

For more information, please contact Dunkin’s full-time constituent service office at (312) 266-0340.

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