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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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.


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.

Community Members To Hold Press Conference to Show Cuts That Harm Peoria Area Families Are Avoidable With New Revenue

Among the many things that would suffer from state budget cuts would be housing programs that help veterans and other low income groups find shelter. One Vietnam vet is now giving back to this agency which helped him get his life back on track. 68-year-old Dan Toes says he found out about Veterans Haven through the South Side Office of Concern last December when he was homeless. Snip20160122_4.png

As IL Budget Deadline Looms, Community Members To Hold Press Conference to Show Cuts to Quad Cities Families Are Avoidable With New Revenue

Advocates and community members will gather Thursday morning at the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living armed with a new report showing that Illinois lawmakers have an array of choices available to protect Quad Cities families from steep and harmful cuts proposed as part of Governor Rauner’s FY 16 budget.