Community Members To Hold Press Conference to Show Cuts That Harm Peoria Area Families Are Avoidable With New Revenue

With less than two weeks for lawmakers in Springfield to pass a budget, community leaders will urge politicians to do what’s right for Central Illinois families

Peoria, IL –Advocates and community members will gather Tuesday morning at the Veterans’ Haven housing complex in Peoria armed with a new report showing that Illinois lawmakers have an array of choices available to protect Peoria area families from steep and harmful cuts proposed as part of Governor Rauner’s FY 16 budget.

Advocates fighting to defeat cancer and those that provide employment, housing, mental health, substance abuse, and other services to veterans and those with disabilities will talk about how proposed budget cuts will not only hurt Central Illinois families, but will end up costing them more in the long run.

Lisa Christensen Gee 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, 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 Central Illinois families would be harmed by Rauner’s proposed budget cuts. 

WHERE: Veterans’ Haven

   711 NE Monroe St, Peoria

WHEN: 11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHO:  Lisa Christensen Gee, Fiscal Policy Center, Voices for Illinois Children

              Christine Kahl, Director of the South Side Office of Concern

              Dan Toes, veteran who has received services from South Side Office of Concern

              Marjorie Douglas, who is fighting breast cancer

              Community members


CI News Now: Local coalition hopes to convince legislators to stop budget cuts

Peoria Journal Star: Advocates with the Responsible Budget Coalition outline alternatives to budget cuts