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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United Way of Illinois Surveys Social Service Agencies Post-Stop Gap Funding

Since the stop-gap budget ended, 25% of all agencies surveyed have shuttered programs; criminal justice, employment training and youth development programs have experienced the most significant closures. Read the full report.

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New Analysis Shows Irresponsible State Budgeting Harming Women

Submitted on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 14:00

Women gathered at The Center of Hope in Rockford today to unveil a new analysis from the Responsible Budget Coalition that shows the failure of state policymakers to choose revenue is having a disproportionate impact on women. This is due to the fact that women make far less than men for the very same work and caregiving responsibilities are far more likely to fall on their shoulders.

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Community to Turn to Lottery While Governor and Lawmakers Fail to Fund Services

A group of community leaders, service providers, and families will hold a news conference and purchase lottery tickets in hopes that they will win money to donate to the state to prevent further service cuts to seniors, college students, children with disabilities, homeless families, and immigrants and refugees. Legislation signed last Monday authorizing $1 billion for the Illinois Lottery has made lottery winnings the only possible source of state funding for many critical services.

Group plays lottery to fund state services, wins only $4

Submitted on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 16:00

RBC members won just $4 playing the lottery. They were hoping end cuts to vital services, including those that are pricing families out of college, eliminating services for children with epilepsy, preventing hard-working immigrant families from getting ahead.

It’s up to the Governor and lawmakers to enact a responsible budget, one that gives families and communities a real chance to succeed by choosing revenue and tax fairness over more cuts to vital services.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Begins, Survivors At Risk Because Springfield Has Failed to Choose Revenue

Submitted on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 14:00

Ending state funding for services that help 75,000 survivors of domestic violence across the state of Illinois—20,000 women and children in Cook County alone. This includes medical, psychological and legal services as well as emergency shelter and other protections.
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Parents and Providers to Call on Springfield To End Illinois’ Budget Crisis For Sake of Infants

Parents and providers will hold a press conference in Loves Park on Wednesday, more than 80 days after the beginning of the budget crisis, to draw attention to the fact that life-saving services for infants are being lost and other infant services remain at risk due to Springfield’s failure to choose revenue.  They will call on Springfield to choose revenue to ensure stability for infant services.

Providers in Galesburg Call For Springfield to Choose Revenue to Stop Harm to Children’s Education and Growth

Submitted on Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:00

Galesburg, IL – At a press conference this afternoon, providers of afterschool, early intervention, and autism services outlined how the budget crisis is wrecking support systems for children and warned of increased harm to children’s education and growth unless leaders in Springfield choose revenue.

As School Year Begins, Galesburg Providers to Call on Springfield to Choose Revenue Over Cuts to Children

Children in Knox County and across the state have begun school.  However, children begin the year without critical supports they need in order to succeed academically and develop into successful adults. Since July 1st, the state has failed to fund or severely cut after school programs, early intervention, epilepsy and autism, childcare and early learning, homeless prevention, substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence services.

Families and Service Providers Harmed by Illinois’ Budget Crisis to Testify Before Senate Committee on Tuesday

The Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing today and take testimony from families and providers of services for early intervention, domestic violence, immigrant and refugees, and homeless families who have been harmed by Illinois’ budget crisis. Families, providers, and advocates will be available on site for one-on-one interviews beginning at 9:30 AM.