RBC Launches Fair Tax Now Campaign

Illinois needs a #FairTaxNow! Help us push Illinois lawmakers to support middle and working class families.

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February 14: Join us for the People's Budget Address!

Let's tell Governor Rauner and the Illinois Legislature that we want a real budget, with full funding for the programs, services and investments to make Illinois communities thrive, and fair tax system to pay for it! Register today.

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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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Chicago Area Students, advocates to Rauner: End budget standoff, propose solutions

After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before Gov. Rauner releases his spending plan for next year, youth and advocates will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff. Attendees will ask the Governor and lawmakers to pass a responsible budget with new revenue to invest in children, families and communities.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families to Rauner: End the Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, law enforcement officials, service providers, and local families will call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has jeopardized public safety and harmed people with disabilities, seniors, youth, and working families.

Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next year's plan

Submitted on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:00

CTBA's Ralph Martire on choosing revenue to avoid further cuts to families and communities: "[T]hat’s not ideological. That’s math.” Responsible Budget Coalition spokesman Neal Waltmire: “We want to hear the governor say his No. 1 priority is a budget that invests in families and communities and that he won’t use them as leverage for his nonbudget agenda.” martire.jpg

"State of Our State" Media Round-Up

Submitted on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:53

Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) events surrounding Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address  - which included four press conferences, a rally, and a public demonstration outside the chambers during the Governor’s address – generated a tremendous amount of positive press coverage.  Click here to see it! SOSIL Rail.jpg

State of OUR State Rally Was Huge Success

Submitted on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 15:52

Check out this great summary of yesterday's State of OUR State rally.  The summary was put together by Community Renewal Society, one of the many wonderful members of the Responsible Budget Coalition who helped us organize this wildly successful event. We definitely made our voices heard.  Please share with your friends, family, and state policymakers.
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