TAKE ACTION TODAY!

While our lawmakers are in a special session through June 30th, there is still no guarantee that the Governor and the General Assembly will agree on a full responsible budget. TAKE ACTION!

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The Price We've Paid

WATCH: Chicago Magazine's video "The Price We've Paid" showcases the damage caused by the budget impasse and uses the Responsible Budget Coalition as a source.

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Still No Budget, While Illinoisans Continue to Suffer

The Illinois General Assembly will complete its regular session today and, for the third straight year, it will fail to adopt a year-long, fully funded budget. Read our statement.

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RBC Endorses Fair Tax Amendment

Submitted on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 12:00

The amendment would permit the state to have a Fair Tax, where people with higher incomes pay a higher rate and people with lower incomes pay a lower rate. The RBC supports the Fair Tax initiative because it squares fully with the RBC's principles: it opens up ways for Illinois to raise adequate revenue in a fair way, so that the state can fully fund vital services and make smart investments.  

New Report: Budget Impasse Continues to Devastate Illinois Families and Communities​

Submitted on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 17:00

Today, 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. Illinois is now in its ninth month without a budget, leaving no funding for critical programs serving people in every corner of the state.The report includes specific accounts from regional providers around the state, including the loss of Meals on Wheels for seniors in Rockford, autism services for children in Chicago, and substance abuse treatment for families in Jacksonville.sadfamily_fullsize.jpg

Capitol Fax: New report details the human carnage of the impasse

Submitted on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 15:42

Today, Voices for Illinois Children released an update to our September report outlining the devastating human impact the budget impasse continues to have on children, families and communities. It provides a useful closer look at some of the pain the ongoing budget stand-off is causing in relation to 60 line items across the state, particularly for seniors, children and underserved families.

RBC Members Capture Chicago Media's Attention Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 15:20

In the Chicago media market, RBC members were busy generating  news stories around the Governor's Budget Address. Leaders with RBC members Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Voices for Illinois Children, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Children’s Home + Aid, and SEIU Healthcare were featured on Fox 32, CBS 2, ABC 7, Associated Press, and Chicago Tribune.

Child Advocates, Students Gather at Capitol Ahead of Governor's Budget Address

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:48

Child protection advocates, students, child care providers, and others gathered in Springfield one day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address. The Associated Press, Bloomington Pantagraph, WAND NBC 17 Decatur, and the Chicago Tribune were among the news outlets that covered the Responsible Budget press conference.

Metro East Law Enforcement, Providers, & Families: Restore Services

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:40

Law enforcement officals joined local providers and families  at a Responsible Budget Coalition press conference in Alton a day ahead of the Governor's Budget Address.  The group is fighting to get the Governor and lawmakers to restore funding for vital services that improve public safety, save taxpayers money, and provide support and independence for persons with disabilities and seniors.