As Budget Deadline Looms, Community Members To Hold Press Conference to Show Cuts that Harm Southern IL Families Are Avoidable With New Revenue

Carbondale, IL – Advocates and community members will gather Wednesday morning at Centerstone’s outpatient office in Carbondale armed with a new report showing that Illinois lawmakers have an array of choices available to protect Southern Illinois families from steep and harmful cuts proposed as part of Governor Rauner’s FY 16 budget.

Advocates that deliver mental health, substance abuse treatment, and childcare services will talk about how cuts will not only hurt Southern Illinois families, but will end up costing them more in the long run.

David Lloyd, director of the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, will discuss the group’s new report that demonstrates that the Governor and lawmakers have many choices they can make in lieu of harmful cuts to higher education, veterans services, childcare, independent living services, mental health, substance abuse treatment, economic development, and services provided by local governments.

The report comes on the heels of an analysis from the Responsible Budget Coalition issued less than three weeks ago, which details how Southern Illinois families would be harmed by Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. 

WHERE: Centerstone Carbondale South Administrative & Outpatient Office

2311 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62903

WHEN: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WHO:  David Lloyd, Director, Fiscal Policy Center, Voices for Illinois Children

John G. Markley, Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone of Illinois & Kentucky

Robin Moore, Owner/Director of Robin’s Nest Learning Center in Carterville


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