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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NBC 5: North Side Provider Forced to Cut Services for 6,000 Immigrant Families

Submitted on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:52

RBC Member Centro Romero, located on Chicago's Northside, has been forced to serve 6,000 fewer immigrant families this year due to the budget impasse.  Centro Romero helps provide families with job skills, English and GED courses, and many other services that are vital for the economy and improving communities and families. Check out the video from NBC 5. Centro Romero.jpg

RBC Demands Real Progress Towards Responsible Budget

Submitted on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:55

The General Assembly passed a spending plan that is woefully short of the revenue needed to provide vital services that support families, communities, and small businesses.  At the same time the Governor continues to insist on linking his “Turnaround Agenda” to the passage of a budget. There are mere days left in the legislative session and we need real budget progress. IL GA Gallery.jpg

220 Organizations Send Letters to Governor and General Assembly to Urge Budget Action

Submitted on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:16

Over 220 providers and organizations wrote the Governor today asking him to approve emergency funding for human services (SB 2038) and to work with the General Assembly to pass complete, fully funded budgets for FY16 and FY17. They sent a separate letter to General Assembly members to remind them passing SB 2038 is not a substitute for passing fully-funded budgets.  The letters were signed by many, many RBC members.

Bouman to Rauner: "Do Your Job"

Submitted on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:00

WATCH the video. Shriver Center President John Bouman was in Springfield this week to tell Governor Rauner to end the hostage taking. "We need a budget now, we don't need it at some hazy future date...We need to say to everyone in that building, but especially the chief executive, we need a budget with adequate revenue and we need you to do your job."