Students, Child Advocates, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers to Rauner: End 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, providers, advocates, and families will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to 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 forced families to quit their jobs and drop out of college, risked children’s safety, and deprived those with mental health and substance abuse issues of needed services. They will ask the Governor and lawmakers to pass a responsible budget with new revenue to invest in children, families, and communities.

When: Tuesday, February 16th 12:00 PM

Where: Blueroom, Illinois State Capitol. 301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62707

Who: Roy Harley, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

Richetta Harris, former childcare provider

Frida Arellano, student at Eastern Illinois University

Mychael Vanarsdale, Student Government Association President, Governors State University

Bruce Carter, Executive Director, Wells Center

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The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of more than 250 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.

The RBC is a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services.

The individual organizations that belong to the RBC represent a diverse range of interests but are united by these three common principles:

·       Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments

·       No more cuts to vital programs and services

·       Fairness in raising revenue