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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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

Budget coalition urges Rauner to embrace new revenue

Submitted on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.

The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.

Students, Child Advocates, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers to Rauner: End Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, providers, advocates, and families will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has forced families to quit their jobs and drop out of college, risked children’s safety, and deprived those with mental health and substance abuse issues of needed services.

Chicago Area Students, advocates to Rauner: End budget standoff, propose solutions

After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before Gov. Rauner releases his spending plan for next year, youth and advocates will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff. Attendees will ask the Governor and lawmakers to pass a responsible budget with new revenue to invest in children, families and communities.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families to Rauner: End the Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, law enforcement officials, service providers, and local families will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has jeopardized public safety and harmed people with disabilities, seniors, youth, and working families.

Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next year's plan

Submitted on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:00

CTBA's Ralph Martire on choosing revenue to avoid further cuts to families and communities: "[T]hat’s not ideological. That’s math.” Responsible Budget Coalition spokesman Neal Waltmire: “We want to hear the governor say his No. 1 priority is a budget that invests in families and communities and that he won’t use them as leverage for his nonbudget agenda.” martire.jpg