Rockford Area Families to Outline Weak “State of our State” Ahead of Governor’s Address

Press Advisory

Media Contacts Neal Waltmire,, 815-353-7655

Kelly Anne Ohde,, 708-670-8992

The seven-month budget impasse to blame for weakened Northern Illinois families and communities

What: Local members of the Responsible Budget Coalition will deliver a report describing the weak “State of our State” at a press conference one day ahead of the Governor’s State of the State Address.  For seven months, the Governor and General Assembly have failed to put a budget first that chooses revenue, which has weakened Northern Illinois families and communities.  Participants will report on the weakened state of…

  • working families and the economy,
  • communities and public safety,
  • seniors and those with disabilities,
  • children and youth,
  • and women and public health.

When: Tuesday, January 26th 11:30 AM

Where: Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago - Rockford.  650 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL

Who:  Kelly Anne Ohde, Director of Communications, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago & Rockford

Jennifer Heatherly, working mother and current Easter Seals Teen Family Support participant

Anita J. Rumage, Executive Director, Circles of Learning

Benjamin Slack, Executive Director, Epilepsy Foundation of North/Central IL, IA, NE


The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of more than 200 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.

The RBC is a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services.

The individual organizations that belong to the RBC represent a diverse range of interests but are united by these three common principles:

·       Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments

·       No more cuts to vital programs and services

·       Fairness in raising revenue