Responsible Budget Coalition: Illinois needs revenue to thrive

The State-Journal Register asked the Responsible Budget Coalition, "Given the state’s financial situation, what agenda would you set for the governor and General Assembly?" Our answer is to choose revenue. Read our full response.

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Illinois Senate Shows the Way on Reaching a Budget Agreement

The Responsible Budget Coalition released a statement following the passage of a year-long budget in the Illinois Senate.

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Why We Need Adequate Revenue: Illinois in Chaos

Without a state budget and enough revenue, the damage is real-and it's getting worse. See RBC's new fact sheet.

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NBC 5: North Side Provider Forced to Cut Services for 6,000 Immigrant Families

Submitted on Mon, 05/30/2016 - 11:52

RBC Member Centro Romero, located on Chicago's Northside, has been forced to serve 6,000 fewer immigrant families this year due to the budget impasse.  Centro Romero helps provide families with job skills, English and GED courses, and many other services that are vital for the economy and improving communities and families. Check out the video from NBC 5. Centro Romero.jpg

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 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.