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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Sign the petition - demand Governor Rauner hold a town hall!

With no state budget, and schools, seniors and working families struggling, Illinoisans deserve answers. Sign the petition today.

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Responsible Budget Coalition: Another Missed Opportunity for Governor Rauner to Lead

The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) released a statement after Governor Bruce Rauner’s state budget address on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

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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.

A Tale of Two Budgets: Government Investments Are Essential to Fight Poverty

Submitted on Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:00

"Here in Illinois, there is not only no professed intent to use the budget to address poverty, but there is no budget at all, and the lack of a state budget has eroded or completely blocked the state’s programs to address poverty and create opportunity," writes RBC Executive Committee Chair John Bouman.

Governor Continues Budget Stalemate that Fails Families, Communities, and the Economy

Submitted on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 13:46

In the budget address today, instead of choosing to invest in children, families communities, and our state’s economy through a responsible budget, the Governor chose to continue to advocate for his non-budget policy agenda and place it ahead of the budget. Hard-working families need a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to services they rely on, not a prolonged stalemate that forces state government and vital programs to languish. Illinoiscapitol2_large.jpg

Budget coalition urges Rauner to embrace new revenue

Submitted on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:45

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.

The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.

Students, Child Advocates, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers to Rauner: End Budget Standoff, Propose Budget Solutions

What: After nearly 8 months with no state budget, in a press conference the day before the Governor releases his spending plan for next year, providers, advocates, and families will hold a press conference at the State Capitol to call on him to work with lawmakers to end the current years’ budget standoff.  They will detail how the failure of the Governor and lawmakers to put a budget first that chooses revenue has forced families to quit their jobs and drop out of college, risked children’s safety, and deprived those with mental health and substance abuse issues of needed services.