NBC 5: North Side Provider Forced to Cut Services for 6,000 Immigrant Families

Submitted on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:52

RBC Member Centro Romero, located on Chicago's Northside, has been forced to serve 6,000 fewer immigrant families this year due to the budget impasse.  Centro Romero helps provide families with job skills, English and GED courses, and many other services that are vital for the economy and improving communities and families. Check out the video from NBC 5. Centro Romero.jpg

Capitol Fax: Hostages Plead for Mercy

Submitted on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:00

 From Emily Miller at Voices for Illinois Children…

Hi Rich,

Attached you’ll find two letters-one to the Governor and one to members of the General assembly-signed by well over 150 service providers and advocacy organizations for Illinois children, families and communities.

The letter to the Governor urges him to immediately sign SB2038, which is now on his desk, and to continue working toward a complete, fully funded budget for FY16 and FY17.

Progress Illinois: Illinois Budget Stalemate Disproportionately Harms Women, Coalition Says

Submitted on Tue, 05/10/2016 - 17:00


The long-running state budget impasse has created numerous barriers for women and mothers in Illinois, a new analysis shows.

The Responsible Budget Coalition, which represents over 250 groups in Illinois, has a new report detailing how the state budget stalemate has "disproportionately harmed" women.

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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