TAKE ACTION: We Need A Fully-Funded Budget NOW

There's momentum for a responsible budget. Let's make it happen. The General Assembly must act before May 31st.

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Report: Budget Impasse Creating Barriers For Women and Mothers

Click to learn how in this MUST READ report.

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When lives are on the line, a budget can't wait

The executive director of a Central IL substance abuse treatment facility explains why a budget can't wait in this State Journal Register op-ed.

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About Us

The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a coalition of 250+ organizations from across the state fighting for a fully funded budget with new revenue that invests in Illinois children, families, and communities. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others. Click "read more" to learn more at the RBC, its members, and a responsible budget.

RBC Demands Real Progress Towards Responsible Budget

Submitted on Wed, 05/25/2016 - 16:55

The General Assembly passed a spending plan that is woefully short of the revenue needed to provide vital services that support families, communities, and small businesses.  At the same time At the same time the Governor continues to insist on linking his “Turnaround Agenda” to the passage of a budget. There are mere days left in the legislative session and we need real budget progress. IL GA Gallery.jpg

220 Organizations Send Letters to Governor and General Assembly to Urge Budget Action

Submitted on Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:16

Over 220 providers and organizations wrote the Governor today asking him to approve emergency funding for human services (SB 2038) and to work with the General Assembly to pass complete, fully funded budgets for FY16 and FY17. They sent a separate letter to General Assembly members to remind them passing SB 2038 is not a substitute for passing fully-funded budgets.  The letters were signed by many, many RBC members.

Bouman to Rauner: "Do Your Job"

Submitted on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 15:00

WATCH the video. Shriver Center President John Bouman was in Springfield this week to tell Governor Rauner to end the hostage taking. "We need a budget now, we don't need it at some hazy future date...We need to say to everyone in that building, but especially the chief executive, we need a budget with adequate revenue and we need you to do your job."

RBC Statement: Failure to Consider Fair Tax Irresponsible, But Many Revenue Options Remain to Fix State Budget Crisis

Submitted on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:22

A Fair Tax is a common-sense tool to help fix Illinois’ flawed budget and tax system and find a way out of the chronic annual budget crises. The General Assembly’s failure to consider a Fair Tax is disappointing at a time when income inequality is alarmingly high and it is an irresponsible limitation of revenue options ​ while Illinois is in the eleventh month of an unprecedented budget and revenue crisis that threatens to destroy our service and educational systems. The Governor’s opposition to the Fair Tax, which effectively blocked the measure, is unjustifiable.