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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State of OUR State Rally

Join us our first statewide mass mobilization of the Responsible Budget Coalition on January 27th at the Capitol in Springfield. Our collective voice is needed to define the true state of OUR State and the solutions that ensure families and communities succeed before the Governor delivers his State of the State Address. RallyBudgetCuts

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.