The Price We've Paid

WATCH: Chicago Magazine's video "The Price We've Paid" showcases the damage caused by the budget impasse and uses the Responsible Budget Coalition as a source.

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Still No Budget, While Illinoisans Continue to Suffer

The Illinois General Assembly will complete its regular session today and, for the third straight year, it will fail to adopt a year-long, fully funded budget. Read our statement.

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Responsible Budget Coalition: Illinois needs revenue to thrive

The State-Journal Register asked the Responsible Budget Coalition, "Given the state’s financial situation, what agenda would you set for the governor and General Assembly?" Our answer is to choose revenue. Read our full response.

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Providers in Galesburg Call For Springfield to Choose Revenue to Stop Harm to Children’s Education and Growth

Submitted on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:00

Galesburg, IL – At a press conference this afternoon, providers of afterschool, early intervention, and autism services outlined how the budget crisis is wrecking support systems for children and warned of increased harm to children’s education and growth unless leaders in Springfield choose revenue.

As School Year Begins, Galesburg Providers to Call on Springfield to Choose Revenue Over Cuts to Children

Children in Knox County and across the state have begun school.  However, children begin the year without critical supports they need in order to succeed academically and develop into successful adults. Since July 1st, the state has failed to fund or severely cut after school programs, early intervention, epilepsy and autism, childcare and early learning, homeless prevention, substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence services.

Families and Service Providers Harmed by Illinois’ Budget Crisis to Testify Before Senate Committee on Tuesday

The Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing today and take testimony from families and providers of services for early intervention, domestic violence, immigrant and refugees, and homeless families who have been harmed by Illinois’ budget crisis. Families, providers, and advocates will be available on site for one-on-one interviews beginning at 9:30 AM. 

As School Year Begins, Rockford Area Superintendents, Providers, and Families to Warn of Harm to Schools and Children Due to Budget Crisis

Classes begin this week at twelve Harlem District #122 schools in Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Roscoe.  In coming weeks, students in the Rockford area and throughout the state will also start school.  However, children will begin the year without critical supports they need in order to achieve academically and develop into successful adults. Since July 1st, the state has failed to fund providers of childcare, after school programs, homeless prevention, mental health, and epilepsy and autism services.Dr Morris Rockford Back to School.jpg

The Responsible Budget Coalition Joins More than 300 Nonprofits in Calling for Fair, Fully-funded State Budget

Submitted on Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:00

“The Governor and the General Assembly can either choose gridlock or they can choose revenue. If they choose gridlock they are choosing to eliminate jobs and cut vital services for families and communities,” said John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a founding member of the Responsible Budget Coalition. “They must choose revenue before serious harm is done to our families, communities and the economy.”