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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.

Budget coalition urges Rauner to embrace new revenue

Submitted on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- 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.

Without budget in place, Rauner to propose next year's plan

Submitted on Sat, 02/13/2016 - 22:00

CTBA's Ralph Martire on choosing revenue to avoid further cuts to families and communities: "[T]hat’s not ideological. That’s math.” Responsible Budget Coalition spokesman Neal Waltmire: “We want to hear the governor say his No. 1 priority is a budget that invests in families and communities and that he won’t use them as leverage for his nonbudget agenda.” martire.jpg

"State of Our State" Media Round-Up

Submitted on Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:53

Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) events surrounding Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address  - which included four press conferences, a rally, and a public demonstration outside the chambers during the Governor’s address – generated a tremendous amount of positive press coverage.  Click here to see it! SOSIL Rail.jpg

LSSI to close 30 programs, eliminate 750 positions

Submitted on Fri, 01/22/2016 - 17:29

On January 22nd, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) announced the closure of 30 programs, and the elimination of 750 positions, or 43 percent of LSSI’s total employees. As a result of these closures, approximately 4,700 seniors, veterans, youth, and families will lose access to LSSI’s in-home care, respite, senior protective services, mental health, substance abuse, youth shelters, and re-entry services.  It is a direct consquence of the Governor and the General Assembly failing to ‪choose revenue‬ & put a ‪‎budget first‬.

Bruce Rauner’s “Short Term Pain” Approach Bringing Long-Term Harm in Education, Jobs

Submitted on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 18:00

RBC Co-Coordinator and Voices for Illinois Children’s Emily Miller wrote this compelling case for Gov. Rauner's short-term approach is hurting us now and well into the future. Regarding higher education cuts she writes: "It’s time for Illinois to ask: What, exactly, is it worth, and who will pay the price? Is it worth the long-term removal of the rungs of the ladder to the middle class? Is it worth lasting harm to our economy?" emily-miller.jpg