New report: Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children

RBC members Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children in partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning released a new report on the impact of Illinois’ budget impasse on women and children.

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The Responsible Budget Coalition Applauds the General Assembly for Ending the Budget Nightmare with New Revenue

We applaud members of the Illinois General Assembly for ending this catastrophic budget impasse.

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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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Bruce Rauner’s “Short Term Pain” Approach Bringing Long-Term Harm in Education, Jobs

Submitted on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 18:00

RBC Co-Coordinator and Voices for Illinois Children’s Emily Miller wrote this compelling case for Gov. Rauner's short-term approach is hurting us now and well into the future. Regarding higher education cuts she writes: "It’s time for Illinois to ask: What, exactly, is it worth, and who will pay the price? Is it worth the long-term removal of the rungs of the ladder to the middle class? Is it worth lasting harm to our economy?" emily-miller.jpg

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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