RBC members Hesed House and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless held a prayer vigil in Aurora to call attention to the harm that the budget impasse has had on individuals experiencing homelessness. A single mother testified who, with the support of Hesed House, has built a better life for herself and her son after fleeing an abusive relationship. Now, these services are not readily available, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan at risk of homelessness does not have access to these life-changing services. Read more at the Aurora Beacon News.
Andi Durbin and Nancy Ronquillo of RBC member organizations Illinois Collaboration on Youth and Children’s Home + Aid wrote powerful op-eds for Crain’s Chicago Business that illustrated with absolute clarity how Illinois’s safety net for children is unraveling as the budget impasse continues. Now, they write, a teenage girl escaping physical or emotional abuse, or living in a foreclosed house as a parent struggles with illness, may not have access to the supportive services that can help them to lead safe and happy lives. And, as with so many programs that have fallen victim to the budget impasse, they note that cutting the programs that ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of children will ultimately cost the state more money. Read Andi Durbin’s piece here and Nancy Ronquillo’s here.
RBC Member League of Women Voters-Rockford penned an excellent op-ed for the Rockford Register Star discussing the disastrous consequences that leaving MAP grants unfunded will have for low income college students across Illinois. Read the piece here. Capitol Fax also published an op-ed from the Rockford LWV that highlighted portions of RBC’s report on the budget impasse’s impact on women.