October 13, 2016
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CHICAGO – As Illinois’ state government sinks deeper and deeper into a self-inflicted fiscal crisis, the Responsible Budget Coalition has launched a social media campaign, #OneInAMillionIL, to let Illinoisans know that the budget impasse continues to inflict serious harm to people across our state.
When the General Assembly passed the “stopgap” spending bill earlier this year, the budget crisis dropped off the front pages. But for the 300-plus members of the Responsible Budget Coalition, the state’s failure to pass a fully funded, responsible budget continues to threaten the people they serve. So the Coalition launched the #OneInAMillionIL campaign, which features brief videos of Coalition members—from executive directors and program staff to local residents and youth—talking about the pervasive, ongoing impacts of the budget crisis.
“Over the past year and a half, we heard from many individuals about the havoc the state budget crisis was creating in their lives,” said John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and chair of the RBC Executive Committee. “With the #OneInAMillionIL campaign, we are connecting the dots to make sure people understand that all of those stories are interrelated.”
The “One in a Million” title refers to a recent study by the United Way of Illinois, which found that the budget stalemate resulted in lost services for nearly one million people. That means that one out of every 13 men, women, and children in this state has been denied mental health services, substance abuse treatment, child care, senior care, HIV prevention, even food programs. And that number doesn’t include the thousands who have lost their jobs because long-established agencies have been forced to close their doors.
With the #OneInAMillionIL campaign, RBC members are reminding the people of Illinois that all of us are harmed when our state government fails to fulfill its fundamental responsibilities. The videos already have attracted thousands of views on Facebook and YouTube, and RBC members have mounted a campaign on Twitter to engage more viewers.
“These videos powerfully demonstrate the wide-ranging impact of this budget crisis,” Bouman said. “We hope that people will take a few minutes to look at these videos and learn more about how this fiscal disaster is affecting their neighbors and their communities, and that viewers will be inspired to join our campaign and work to pass a responsible state budget that works for all of us.”
The #OneInAMillionIL videos can be found here.
See PDF version of press release here.