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

RBC members Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), Voices for Illinois Children in partnership with Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) released a new report on the impact of Illinois’ budget impasse on women and children.

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The Responsible Budget Coalition Applauds the General Assembly for Ending the Budget Nightmare with New Revenue

We applaud members of the Illinois General Assembly for ending this catastrophic budget impasse.

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

Submitted on Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:11

The Wells Center in Jacksonville was forced to close their detoxification program which annually treats over 350 individuals. The closure will cost lives and millions in taxpayer dollars. Their Executive Director writes: "Governor Rauner, Representative Davidsmeyer, and the rest of the General Assembly need to put non-budget issues aside and pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to health and safety. When lives are on the line, a budget can’t wait."

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Monday 10 AM: Community Leaders to Urge Passage of the Responsible Budget Resolution Ahead of Important Committee Vote

Murphysboro, IL - On Monday morning, community leaders will hold a press conference to urge their state representatives - including John Bradley and Terri Bryant - to support HR 922, the Responsible Budget Resolution. HR 922 declares support for a budget that chooses revenue – not cuts - to invest in children, families, communities, and small businesses of Southern Illinois.

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.