Local mayors, residents look to push back against Rauner budget plan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As part of his “Turnaround Illinois” plan, Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing to cut 10-15 percent of all cities' total operating budgets - by taking half of their local government distributive fund, or LGDF.

Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully says this proposal would cut $2.5 million from his budget. A larger city like Aurora? Nearly $10 million.

Now mayors are calling on residents to go to a newly launched website, protectmytown.com, to urge state legislators and the governor to reconsider this plan.

Meanwhile Gov. Rauner said in a statement:

"Overspending and insider deals put in place by career politicians have created a six billion dollar budget hole while the amount of money transferred to local governments in the last decade has skyrocketed by 42 percent. The status quo is broken and unsustainable. The reduction to local governments puts Illinois in line with neighboring states."

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