For Rantoul Press

In the story of "The Emperor’s New Clothes" the emperor pretended that he not only saw his new clothes, but also that he was wearing new clothes when there were really no clothes at all.  

The governor of Illinois is pretending that he has no budget, but he definitely has one and he is executing it just as he wants it to perform.  He is, indeed, trying to balance last year’s budget; but he is balancing it upon the backs of the poor residents of Illinois, on the backs of the poor white people, on the backs of the poor black people, on the backs of the poor students, and on the backs of the poor elderly.

 He is accomplishing this by denying services to the poor and needy through cuts to social services and underfunding of their colleges. He wants to lower the employers’ costs of doing business in Illinois, by limiting workers compensation to the laborers, who get hurt while doing their jobs.  He wants to  limit the laborers’ cost-of-living increases and lower their wages in order to increase the employers’ profit, eliminate the unions of employees so they have no unified voice to speak up for themselves and force the governor to negotiate his new "Illinois turnaround agenda" with the dedicated employees and the humble citizens of the state of Illinois.


This is not the people of Illinois; agenda. This is Gov. Rauner’s agenda.

The governor of Illinois needs to be recalled for the crime of oppression of the poor and injustice to the needy. The poor and needy need to return to the Lord Jesus Christ and put their trust in Him.  

"For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners." (Ps. 69:33 KJV)  

"The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy." (Ps. 147:11)   

And finally, the Lord says, "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise." (Ps. 12: 5a)   

If you have not seen the movie, "War Room", by the Kendrick Brothers on DVD, then you should see it. The residents of Illinois need to rise up and fight back. Pray for our governor that the Lord would turn him around.    

Betty J. Kelley is a resident of Rantoul.