Illinois Senate Shows the Way on Reaching a Budget Agreement

The Responsible Budget Coalition released a statement following the passage of a year-long budget in the Illinois Senate.

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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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New Report: Budget Impasse Continues to Devastate Illinois Families and Communities​

Submitted on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 17:00

Today, the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children released an updated report detailing the negative impact the budget impasse has had on 43 services. Illinois is now in its ninth month without a budget, leaving no funding for critical programs serving people in every corner of the state.The report includes specific accounts from regional providers around the state, including the loss of Meals on Wheels for seniors in Rockford, autism services for children in Chicago, and substance abuse treatment for families in Jacksonville.sadfamily_fullsize.jpg

Capitol Fax: New report details the human carnage of the impasse

Submitted on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 15:42

Today, Voices for Illinois Children released an update to our September report outlining the devastating human impact the budget impasse continues to have on children, families and communities. It provides a useful closer look at some of the pain the ongoing budget stand-off is causing in relation to 60 line items across the state, particularly for seniors, children and underserved families.

RBC Members Capture Chicago Media's Attention Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:20

In the Chicago media market, RBC members were busy generating  news stories around the Governor's Budget Address. Leaders with RBC members Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Children’s Home + Aid, and SEIU Healthcare were featured on Fox 32, CBS 2, ABC 7, Associated Press, and Chicago Tribune.

Child Advocates, Students Gather at Capitol Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:48

Child protection advocates, students, child care providers, and others gathered in Springfield one day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address. The Associated Press, Bloomington Pantagraph, WAND NBC 17 Decatur, and the Chicago Tribune were among the news outlets that covered the Responsible Budget press conference.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families: Restore Services

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:40

Law enforcement officals joined local providers and families  at a Responsible Budget Coalition press conference in Alton a day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address.  The group is fighting to get the Governor and lawmakers to restore funding for vital services that improve public safety, save taxpayers money, and provide support and independence for persons with disabilities and seniors.

A Tale of Two Budgets: Government Investments Are Essential to Fight Poverty

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:00

"Here in Illinois, there is not only no professed intent to use the budget to address poverty, but there is no budget at all, and the lack of a state budget has eroded or completely blocked the state’s programs to address poverty and create opportunity," writes RBC Executive Committee Chair John Bouman.

Governor Continues Budget Stalemate that Fails Families, Communities, and the Economy

Submitted on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:46

In the budget address today, instead of choosing to invest in children, families communities, and our state’s economy through a responsible budget, the Governor chose to continue to advocate for his non-budget policy agenda and place it ahead of the budget. Hard-working families need a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to services they rely on, not a prolonged stalemate that forces state government and vital programs to languish. Illinoiscapitol2_large.jpg