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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This Just In…Fair Tax Plan Introduced

Submitted on Fri, 04/15/2016 - 13:27

House Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang introduced a ‪tax rate plan today that would be contingent on voters approving a constitutional amendment allowing a graduated income tax (aka a "Fair Tax"). It would raise $1.9 billion to stop further cuts to families, communities, and small businesses. It would also cut taxes for 99% of Illinois families.

When lives are on the line, a budget can't wait

Submitted on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:11

The Wells Center in Jacksonville was forced to close their detoxification program which annually treats over 350 individuals. The closure will cost lives and millions in taxpayer dollars. Their Executive Director writes: "Governor Rauner, Representative Davidsmeyer, and the rest of the General Assembly need to put non-budget issues aside and pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to health and safety. When lives are on the line, a budget can’t wait."

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Monday 10 AM: Community Leaders to Urge Passage of the Responsible Budget Resolution Ahead of Important Committee Vote

Murphysboro, IL - On Monday morning, community leaders will hold a press conference to urge their state representatives - including John Bradley and Terri Bryant - to support HR 922, the Responsible Budget Resolution. HR 922 declares support for a budget that chooses revenue – not cuts - to invest in children, families, communities, and small businesses of Southern Illinois.

RBC Endorses Fair Tax Amendment

Submitted on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:00

The amendment would permit the state to have a Fair Tax, where people with higher incomes pay a higher rate and people with lower incomes pay a lower rate. The RBC supports the Fair Tax initiative because it squares fully with the RBC's principles: it opens up ways for Illinois to raise adequate revenue in a fair way, so that the state can fully fund vital services and make smart investments.