Impact Across Illinois

Here you will find a list of reports from our partner organizations detailing the need for improvements to our state’s financial structures.

Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 State Budget

Voices for Illinois Children • February 21, 2019

Calling it just the first year of a multi-year effort to bring fiscal stability to the state, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker introduced his Fiscal Year 2020 proposed state budget to members of the General Assembly on Wednesday. The budget, $38.75 billion in general revenue fund (GRF) expenditures and $77 billion in total when other state and federal funds are added, attempts to address a projected $3.2 billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Who Pays? 6th Edition

A Distributional Analysis of the Tax System in All 50 States

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy • 2018

Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States (the sixth edition of the report) is the only distributional analysis of tax systems in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This comprehensive report assesses tax fairness by measuring effective state and local tax rates paid by all income groups. Illinois is the 8th most regressive taxing state in the nation, and the bottom 20% of Illinois's earners pay a greater portion of their income in state and local taxes than any other Midwestern state.

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Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children

Chicago Foundation for Women • August 2, 2017

The report developed by the Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola University of Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning calls for policymakers to make a long-term commitment to adequately funding services for women and children to ensure they have opportunities to lead safe, healthy and stable lives in Illinois.

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United Way of Illinois Survey Social Service Agencies Post-Stop Gap Funding

United Way of Illinois • April 6, 2017

Twenty-one months into the budget stalemate, and less than three months after a stop-gap budget that released funds from July 1 – December 31, 2016, social service agencies answered questions related to service delivery and organizational stability.

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United Way Survey Reveals One Million Illinoisans Have Been Harmed by the Budget Impasse

United Way of Illinois • June 23, 2016

The fourth iteration of a survey conducted by the United Way of Illinois revealed that over one million Illinoisans have lost services since the budget impasse began.

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Consequences of the FY2016 Budget Impasse

Illinois Atlas of Austerity • May 28, 2016

Ms. Melissa Heil, a graduate student at UIUC’s Department of Geography and GIS, created a website that chronicles the various impacts the state budget impasse has had on social service agencies, higher education, youth programs, and public health.

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Budget Impasse Creating Barriers For Women and Mothers

Responsible Budget Coalition • May 2016

The Responsible Budget Coalition first provided an analysis of the budget impasse’s impact on women in December. This is an update of that analysis and shows a number of ways state policymakers are creating barriers for women and mothers.

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Illinois’ Budget Impasse Dismantling Critical Public Services

Responsible Budget Coalition • April 25, 2016

An RBC powerpoint presentation prepared by the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children.

Budget Impasse Continues to Devastate Illinois Families and Communities​

Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children • March 2016

The Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children released an updated report detailing the negative impact the budget impasse has had on 43 services. The report includes specific accounts from regional providers around the state.

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Damage to Illinois Caused by Budget Impasse Getting Worse

Responsible Budget Coalition • February 2016

The Governor and lawmakers have failed to put non-budget issues aside and pass a FY16 budget that chooses revenue over cuts to services families, communities, and our economy need to thrive. The result is a weakening of our state.

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State of Our State: Failure to Invest in Families and Communities Is Weakening Illinois

Responsible Budget Coalition • January 26, 2016

Nearly 85,000 seniors losing meals on wheels, more than 130,000 people with epilepsy without treatment, and 15,000 low income women at risk of not receiving potential lifesaving cancer screenings. Those are just a few of the consequences of the Governor and lawmakers' failure to put a budget first that chooses revenue over cuts to families and communities. The lack of investment is weakening Illinois. Read our report.

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Capacity of Local Health Departments at the Breaking Point

Illinois Public Health Association • January 08, 2016

Nearly one-half of health departments have reduced capacity, including more than one-third that have laid off staff and one-sixth that have reduced hours.

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State Leaders Are Failing Women By Failing to Pass a Responsible Budget

Responsible Budget Coalition • December 2015

The report details how the failure of state policymakers to choose revenue and pass a year-long, fully funded budget denies women opportunities to go to college and work, fails to support female caregivers, robs women seniors of independence and dignity, endangers women’s safety, and increases poverty and homelessness among women.

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Second Survey Shows Further Deterioration of Human Service Sector

United Way of Illinois • October 19, 2015

The United Way of Metro Chicago surveyed over 500 organizations to find out the impacts of our current human service agencies. The results showed that there are fewer cash reserves, clients and staff layoffs.

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Lack of Budget Is Dismantling Critical State Services

Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children • September 2015

The Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children compiled this budget snapshot to identify many critical services that are not being funded, how much state funding is required to close the current funding gap, and the growing human costs of the budget impasse. They concluded that the failure of Illinois lawmakers to restore revenue needed to support essential services is causing widespread damage to the state, with children, seniors, and those with disabilities the hardest hit.

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The State Budget Impasse Is Causing Homelessness in Illinois: A Responsible Budget with Adequate Revenue is Urgently Needed

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Housing Action Illinois, & Supportive Housing Providers Association • September 10, 2015

90% of homeless service providers surveyed in Illinois have already or will be forced to reduce intake of new clients, decrease or eliminate services, layoff/furlough staff, eliminate programs, or close their sites, making it harder for individuals and families who are homeless to access emergency shelter and transitional housing.

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Illinois’ Budget Crisis is Harming Families & Communities RIGHT NOW

Responsible Budget Coalition • August 2015

As of July 1st, the state has stopped funding vital services for children, families, and communities. Providers have already been forced to cut off families from vital services and eliminate essential jobs. Some have closed their doors. Illinois’ families, communities, and economy are being harmed RIGHT NOW.

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The Responsible Budget Coalition’s (RBC) website is hosted by the Shriver Center on Poverty Law (Shriver Center).