Coalition to Outline Weak “State of our State” Ahead of Governor’s Address

Press Advisory

Media Contacts Neal Waltmire,, 815-353-7655

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

What: Members of the Responsible Budget Coalition from across the state 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 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 12:00 PM

Where: Blueroom, basement of the Illinois State Capitol

301 S 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62707

Who: Dan Lesser, Director of Economic Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Mark Stutrud, Pesident and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)

Donnie Lewis, ICCB SAC Legislative Committee Chairman & Student Trustee of Richland Community College

Richland Community College

Dave Roth, Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) Vice President Church & Civic Engagement

Julie Mavec, Decatur LCFS Case Worker with Veterans in permanent supportive housing

Adam Ballard, Access Living - Chicago

Polly Poskin, Executive Director. Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault


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