CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is firing back at a tweet by President Donald Trump questioning the rationale for sending federal COVID-19 relief aid to Illinois.
In a Monday morning tweet, the President rhetorically asked why the taxpayers should be bailing out poorly run states like Illinois and cities all run and managed by Democrats.
"Obviously the President's ability to judge how someone is performing and functioning is clearly off. His meter is badly damaged, because he thinks that he has done a good job in this crisis, and nothing could be further from the truth," Lightfoot said.
She said Illinois sends a lot of tax money to Washington and only wants its fair share.
On the other side of the political aisle, downstate House Republican Avery Bourne does not believe federal COVID-19 relief aid should be denied to Illinois, just because President Trump feels the state is poorly run by Democrats.
But, she’s outraged that Senate President Don Harmon is asking for Congress to give the state $41 billion in coronavirus help, $10 billion of it for the pension system.
"Look, if they do pass a federal package that sends money to states to help with this direct problem, then of course Illinois should be apart of that. We are not asking to be excluded, but to ask for a bailout for years of fiscal mismanagement I think is irresponsible," Bourne said.