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

Rock Island, IL – Advocates and community members will gather Thursday morning at the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living armed with a new report showing that Illinois lawmakers have an array of choices available to protect Quad Cities families from steep and harmful cuts proposed as part of Governor Rauner’s FY 16 budget.

Advocates that deliver independent living and substance abuse services will talk about how cuts will not only hurt Quad Cities 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, substance abuse treatment, economic development, and services provided by local governments.  Portions of the report compare Illinois’s tax system to that of Iowa, along with other Midwestern states.

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

WHERE: Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living

501 11th St., Rock Island, Il

WHEN: 11:30 AM, Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

Liz Sherwin, Executive Director of the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living

Dr. Joe Cowley, President and CEO of Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc (CADS)

Community members


Check out the coverage from the Dispatch Argus: Advocates ask Rauner to focus on revenue, not cuts