We applaud members of the Illinois General Assembly for ending this catastrophic budget impasse.Read more
As Illinois readies itself to begin a third year without a state budget, we renew our call for Governor Rauner and the General Assembly to do their jobs.Read more
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.Read more
The regular session of the General Assembly ended in failure last night as our elected officials missed yet another deadline to pass a fully-funded budget that invests in Illinois' policy priorities. This latest failure will exacerbate the already disastrous consequences of the budget impasse and must be corrected with a responsible budget that chooses revenue before FY16 ends at the end of June.
From rape crisis centers to autism services, the Atlas of Austerity maps 15 ways the budget crisis is hurting Illinois. It's a MUST SEE.
RBC Member Centro Romero, located on Chicago's Northside, has been forced to serve 6,000 fewer immigrant families this year due to the budget impasse. Centro Romero helps provide families with job skills, English and GED courses, and many other services that are vital for the economy and improving communities and families. Check out the video from NBC 5.
A new analysis shows if lawmakers cut every discretionary service (except K-12 education), they could not eliminate the state's $7.1 billion deficit. It's long past time to choose revenue over cuts to essential services.
The General Assembly passed a spending plan that is woefully short of the revenue needed to provide vital services that support families, communities, and small businesses. At the same time the Governor continues to insist on linking his “Turnaround Agenda” to the passage of a budget. There are mere days left in the legislative session and we need real budget progress.
Over 220 providers and organizations wrote the Governor today asking him to approve emergency funding for human services (SB 2038) and to work with the General Assembly to pass complete, fully funded budgets for FY16 and FY17. They sent a separate letter to General Assembly members to remind them passing SB 2038 is not a substitute for passing fully-funded budgets. The letters were signed by many, many RBC members.
WATCH the video. Shriver Center President John Bouman was in Springfield this week to tell Governor Rauner to end the hostage taking. "We need a budget now, we don't need it at some hazy future date...We need to say to everyone in that building, but especially the chief executive, we need a budget with adequate revenue and we need you to do your job."