In Illinois’ seventh month without a budget, parents, students, advocates outline weak state of our state ahead of Governor’s address

WHAT: Parents, students and advocates will lay out the devastating impact the failure to prioritize a fully funded budget has had on Chicago children and families in a press conference a day ahead of Gov. Rauner’s State of the State address.


·         Emily Miller, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Voices for Illinois Children;

·         Celena Roldán-Moreno, Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House;

·         Andrea Durbin, Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Collaboration on Youth; 

·         Joanne and Vince Zaworski, parents of daughter with epilepsy who use the programs and services of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, which Gov. Rauner eliminated;

·         Tyler Solorio, DePaul University student and MAP grant recipient, student board member for the Illinois Board of Higher Education;

·         Christian Washington, freshman at North Lawndale College Prep who takes part in the Kelly Hall YMCA's Teen Reach program, which has lost funding and has had to reduce programming to two days a week;

·         Ladawn Norwood, Association Director of Teen Programs, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

WHERE: James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Blue Room (15th Fl)

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 11:00AM