October 23, 2016 For more information, contact
Elizabeth Austin, 708-912-2247
RESPONSIBLE BUDGET COALITION MEMBERS SHOW UNITY AT WRIGLEY FIELD
Cubs, Sox and Cards fans agree on one thing: We need a fully funded state budget!
WHO: Members of Responsible Budget Coalition, a non-partisan group of 300-plus organizations statewide, wearing Cubs, Sox and Cardinals jerseys and t-shirts
WHERE: Under the marquee at Wrigley Field, 1060 W Addison St, Chicago
WHEN: Noon, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016
WHAT: Unity demonstration in support of Chicago Cubs and a fully funded state budget
CHICAGO – As the Chicago Cubs make baseball history with their first World Series appearance since 1945, members of the Responsible Budget Coalition are putting aside their historic team rivalries to celebrate the Cubs and make a unified call for a fully funded, full-year Illinois state budget.
“As a lifelong Cubs fan, I am delighted that our Cubbies are back in the World Series at long last,” said John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and chair of the RBC Executive Committee. “But when the Cubs reported to spring training back in 2015, I never would have believed that the Cubs would win the National League pennant before the State of Illinois had a fully funded, yearlong budget in place.
“’Wait until next year!’ has been a rallying cry for Cubs fans for more than 70 years,” Bouman continued. “Unfortunately, the people of Illinois can’t wait another year for our state’s leaders to do their jobs and enact a budget with adequate revenue to serve our people and empower our communities. These Cubs, White Sox, and Cardinals fans are joining together to celebrate this historic occasion – and we are equally united in calling on Governor Rauner and our legislators to find new revenue solutions and solve this unending budget crisis once and for all.”
A study by the United Way of Illinois found that the budget stalemate resulted in lost services for nearly one million people statewide. That means that one million men, women, and children have been denied mental health services, substance abuse treatment, child care, senior care, HIV prevention, even food programs – and that number doesn’t include the thousands who have lost their jobs because long-established agencies have been forced to close their doors. One recent poll found that one in three Illinois households reported being directly harmed by the budget impasse.
The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large, diverse non-partisan coalition of more than 300 organizations unified in our support for adequate revenue to pay for vital state services and make smart investments. The Coalition includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors, immigrant and refugee families and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions, and faith-based and civic groups.