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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RBC Statement: Failure to Consider Fair Tax Irresponsible, But Many Revenue Options Remain to Fix State Budget Crisis

Submitted on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:22

A Fair Tax is a common-sense tool to help fix Illinois’ flawed budget and tax system and find a way out of the chronic annual budget crises. The General Assembly’s failure to consider a Fair Tax is disappointing at a time when income inequality is alarmingly high and it is an irresponsible limitation of revenue options ​ while Illinois is in the eleventh month of an unprecedented budget and revenue crisis that threatens to destroy our service and educational systems. The Governor’s opposition to the Fair Tax, which effectively blocked the measure, is unjustifiable.

This Just In…Fair Tax Plan Introduced

Submitted on Fri, 04/15/2016 - 13:27

House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang introduced a ‪tax rate plan today that would be contingent on voters approving a constitutional amendment allowing a graduated income tax (aka a "Fair Tax"). It would raise $1.9 billion to stop further cuts to families, communities, and small businesses. It would also cut taxes for 99% of Illinois families.

When lives are on the line, a budget can't wait

Submitted on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:11

The Wells Center in Jacksonville was forced to close their detoxification program which annually treats over 350 individuals. The closure will cost lives and millions in taxpayer dollars. Their Executive Director writes: "Governor Rauner, Representative Davidsmeyer, and the rest of the General Assembly need to put non-budget issues aside and pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to health and safety. When lives are on the line, a budget can’t wait."

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Monday 10 AM: Community Leaders to Urge Passage of the Responsible Budget Resolution Ahead of Important Committee Vote

Murphysboro, IL - On Monday morning, community leaders will hold a press conference to urge their state representatives - including John Bradley and Terri Bryant - to support HR 922, the Responsible Budget Resolution. HR 922 declares support for a budget that chooses revenue – not cuts - to invest in children, families, communities, and small businesses of Southern Illinois.