Why We Need Adequate Revenue: Illinois in Chaos

Without a state budget and enough revenue, the damage is real-and it's getting worse. See RBC's new fact sheet.

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RBC Coordinator Dan Lesser Discusses RBC's New Fact Sheet and Revenue on WJBC

Dan Lesser, RBC coordinator and Director of Economic Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, discusses RBC's new fact sheet and the need for adequate revenue on WJBC.

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United Way of Illinois Surveys Social Service Agencies Post-Stop Gap Funding

Since the stop-gap budget ended, 25% of all agencies surveyed have shuttered programs; criminal justice, employment training and youth development programs have experienced the most significant closures. Read the full report.

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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.”

Rockford Area Leaders Call for State Lawmakers to Choose Revenue to Avoid Deep Cuts to Families and Communities at Public Forum

Submitted on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 16:00

‘He’s stepping over a dollar to pick up a dime,” says Robin C. Garvey of Governor Rauner’s proposed $82 million cut to mental health services.  Garvey is past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Illinois and one of the organizers of Tuesday’s public forum.

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Responsible Budget Coalition Releases Statement on General Assembly Budget Action

Submitted on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:00

This spring lawmakers - reflecting the views of business leaders, human service providers, educators, seniors, and everyday families - have consistently registered their opposition to budget proposals that impose drastic and short-sighted cuts to services for families and communities.