November 8 – Decatur Julie Moore Wolfe has been selected as one of 18 members on the Budget and Innovation Committee for Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker’s transition.
“I’m very honored to have Decatur at the table. I’ll be able to bring the perspective of a downstate mayor of cities, downstate in general,” Moore Wolfe said at a news conference Thursday in Springfield. “We’ve got a lot of work to do, and so I am very hopeful that I’ll be able to bring my experience.”
The committee is the first of several working groups of subject-matter experts that will advise the incoming administration of Pritzker and Lt. Governor-elect Juliana Stratton. Former state Comptroller Dan Hynes will chair the committee, which also includes State Sen. Andy Manar.
“The Budget and Innovation Committee will mold the guiding moral document that is our state budget and develop inventive solutions to move Illinois forward,” said Stratton.
Moore Wolfe said her broad experience will help the committee in seeking economic solutions.
“I used to run the Chamber of Commerce, so I have a pretty wide background in what the business community needs to grow and to be innovative,” she said.
“I’m going to be reaching out to our agribusiness companies, our farmers to see what can we do, what do they need to be successful in the state of Illinois? How can we be more innovative as we look at ways to fix this budget crisis?”
Moore Wolfe said she already seized on a chance to familiarize Pritzker with Decatur and the importance of the farming industry.
“I had the opportunity to take him to the Farm Progress Show and show him up close and personal what agribusiness means to the state of Illinois,” the mayor said. “I’m going to tell Decatur’s story to anybody I possibly can and I am very thankful that he recognizes the importance of downstate, because this isn’t just Chicago.
“Downstate matters. Our businesses matter, our people matter, our cities matter. I hope to represent all of those entities.”