Featuring interviews given by RBC member organizations Young Invincibles, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Housing Action Illinois, Progress Illinois wrote a sobering update on the far reaching damage wrought by the ongoing State budget impasse. Because of our elected leaders’ failure to pass a responsible budget with adequate revenue:
- Many Illinois colleges and universities will not credit MAP Grants for the spring semester to students who often cannot afford to pursue higher education without them.
- Over 100,000 immigrants, including those hoping to become U.S. citizens, do not have access to services.
- Newborn infants and their families are no longer receiving sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) prevention and education services that save lives.
- Low income Illinoisans face far more difficulty in obtaining affordable housing.
- Seniors in DuPage County who rely on the Meals on Wheels program to sustain a healthy, nutritious diet will now receive only two meals per week instead of five.