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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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Capitol Fax: New report details the human carnage of the impasse

Submitted on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 15:42

Today, Voices for Illinois Children released an update to our September report outlining the devastating human impact the budget impasse continues to have on children, families and communities. It provides a useful closer look at some of the pain the ongoing budget stand-off is causing in relation to 60 line items across the state, particularly for seniors, children and underserved families.

RBC Members Capture Chicago Media's Attention Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:20

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.

Child Advocates, Students Gather at Capitol Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:48

Child protection advocates, students, child care providers, and others gathered in Springfield one day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address. The Associated Press, Bloomington Pantagraph, WAND NBC 17 Decatur, and the Chicago Tribune were among the news outlets that covered the Responsible Budget press conference.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families: Restore Services

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:40

Law enforcement officals joined local providers and families  at a Responsible Budget Coalition press conference in Alton a day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address.  The group is fighting to get the Governor and lawmakers to restore funding for vital services that improve public safety, save taxpayers money, and provide support and independence for persons with disabilities and seniors.