The Illinois state budget has now become law. Included in that budget is a $1.173 million grant to Agudath Israel of Illinois for school transportation.
The State of Illinois has been without a budget for over two years, as a political impasse has all but paralyzed the legislative process. In the years prior to the impasse, Agudath Israel was awarded a school transportation grant due to the efforts of Rabbi Yehiel Kalish and his work with legislative leaders.
“While the political environment remains highly polarized,” said Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, Director of Government Affairs for Agudath Israel of Illinois, “it was encouraging to see that leaders on both sides recognize the priority of ensuring the safe transport of as many students as possible.”
The Illinois Agudah thanked Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael J. Madigan, for ensuring restoration of the grant and Governor Bruce Rauner for expressing his support of the program.
While there still are serious challenges and much work to be done before the transportation program is implemented, this is a very positive development.