In the Chicago media market, RBC members were busy generating news stories around the Governor's Budget Address. Leaders with RBC members Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Children’s Home + Aid, and SEIU Healthcare were featured on Fox 32, CBS 2, ABC 7, Associated Press, and Chicago Tribune.
They made sure the Governor did not forget the harm being done to children, youth, working families, and those at risk of homelessness due to a lack of a FY 16 budget. They called on the Governor to put aside non-budget issues and choose revenue over further cuts to families and communities.
RBC Member Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) was featured in the FOX 32 story below, which ran after the Govenrnor's address on Wednesday. Reporter Mike Flannery interviewed Ruth Diaz, who was forced to quit her job as a sales manager when BPNC had to shut down its after school program for 130 kids.
The CBS 2 segment below features Kevin Flint, a homeless former prison inmate who is being denied the opportunity for a fresh start due to the lack of a responsible budget. Kevin is a leader with RBC members Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and Heartland Alliance. The segment also includes an interview with Emily Miller of Voices for Illinois Children.
A simultaneous RBC press conference held in Springfield was covered by the Associated Press.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.
The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.
Bruce Carter is the director of Wells Center in Jacksonville. He says the lack of a state budget has forced the substance-abuse treatment center to end prison-diversion programs in five counties.
RBC Senior Communications Manager Neal Waltmire was quoted in the Chicago Tribune noting that service cuts that increase the risk of child abuse and cause people to quit their jobs and drop out of college are harmful to families, communities, and the economy.
Social service advocates who lined up by the dozens in the Capitol on the eve of the budget speech said that only underlined the need for Rauner to agree to a tax increase sooner rather than later.
"People are learning more and more about the pain that's being caused, and I don't think anybody believes child abuse or causing anyone to quit their jobs or drop out of college helps our economy or helps our families and communities," said Neal Waltmire, spokesman for the Responsible Budget Coalition, a group of social service providers and education and labor groups pushing for a tax increase.