Illinois Working Together Statement on the Fitch Ratings Downgrade


Wednesday February 1, 2017

Contact: Jake Lewis, Illinois Working Together


Illinois Working Together Campaign Director Jake Lewis released the following statement regarding Fitch Ratings downgrade of Illinois' credit rating: "To borrow a phrase from Fitch Ratings, Bruce Rauner has been an 'unprecedented failure' as the governor of Illinois. Today's downgrade, the sixth under Gov. Rauner, is yet another indicator of the damage the governor has inflicted on Illinois and its people during his time in office. According to Fitch, the budget impasse has 'fundamentally weakened' the state. It will take years for Illinois to recover from Rauner.

"As residents and college students flee Illinois in record numbers, it is time for the governor to do something he has failed to do in his first two years in office: listen. The governor must drop his extreme political agenda for good and work to pass a responsible, fully-funded budget."


About Illinois Working Together

Illinois Working Together is a coalition defending all working families from antiworker attacks. Illinois Working Together believes that Governor Rauner's wrong priorities seek to harm hardworking families and communities throughout Illinois while protecting the wealthiest. The Coalition's goal is to stand up and fight back against the governor's political attacks and threats - and protect the vital services all Illinoisans rely on. It is time to get Illinois working together. For more information, visit