Sen. Willie Preston

SPRINGFIELD – During his first year in office, State Senator Willie Preston (D-Chicago) was proud to support a budget that prioritizes education from birth to college, enhances workforce development, and includes efforts to uplift low- and middle-class families.

In response to the Fiscal Year 2024 budget passing the Senate, Preston released the following statement:

“The working class people of the 16th District sent me to Springfield to help shape a budget that provides educational and career opportunities that promote stabilization of our communities, support the re-emergence of entrepreneurship in our most economically challenged communities, and ensure equitable opportunities for all. I am excited to expand these opportunities to many of the residents in the area who have been underserved.”

“The investments in apprenticeship programs, early childhood, and higher education are amongst the highest investments to professional development and our education system in years. This budget uplifts the education system, supports the entrepreneurial spirit, and expands the workforce to ensure that everyone is awarded the opportunity to provide for their families and build their communities.”