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Illinois School Funding Still in Limbo
Written by John Gordon Governor Bruce Rauner has made good on his promise to issue an amendatory veto on the school funding reform bill that passed both chambers of the General Assembly. Senate Bill 1, sponsored by state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) overhauled the way in which the state funds public schools by instituting an evidence-based model that would distribute new funds to schools that are furthest away from their unique adequacy targets while maintaining current levels of state funding to ensure no school district experiences a loss of state funds from the 2016-2017 school year.
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Paid Sick Leave Benefits All Illinoisans
Written by Militza Pagan The Illinois legislature is on the verge of passing paid sick leave for an estimated 1.5 million Illinois workers who currently have no such right. The Healthy Workplace Act (HB 2771) would allow employees to earn up to forty hours of paid sick leave a year. The measure is currently awaiting House approval of Senate amendments. 
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2017 Kids Count Report: Illinois Investments Matter
Written by Anna Rowan Data from the beginning of the state’s budget crisis show that smart investments in children lead to progress. Illinois is currently 19th in the nation in the latest rankings for child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet, the lack of a full state budget for the past two years (and no foreseeable end to the impasse) puts Illinois in danger of undermining its own investments and progress.

Issues In Focus

A Statement from Voices for Illinois Children President Tasha Green Cruzat on the events in Charlottesville
tasha-green-cruzat-head-shot-large Voices for Illinois Children believes every child should have the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and safe. When a disgraceful act of racist violence and hatred rocks our nation to its core, it is never easy to digest. There is no place for discrimination, hatred, or bigotry.  In the case of the recent brutality committed in Charlottesville, we are facing a unique despair, mourning brave leaders and the progress we’ve made as a country.
Damage to Women and Families Persists in Wake of Budget Impasse
CFW report Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children, and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning today released a new report on the impact of Illinois’ budget impasse on women and children. The report, titled “Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children,” was prepared by Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning.
The new state budget and education funding: still waiting
elementaryclassroom Written by John Gordon K-12 Education Funding Left Hanging in the Balance for Upcoming School Year Illinois has a state budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) that began on July 1st but not the means for appropriating the dollars for K-12 education. While the legislature overrode Governor Rauner’s vetoes of the state budget and revenue bills, the budget bill (Senate Bill 6) contained language stipulating that the majority of the dollars set aside for elementary and secondary education were to be allocated according to an “evidence-based formula.” The result of this decision is that public schools in Illinois remain in jeopardy of not opening on time or only being able to stay open for a short period of time.
2017 Kids Count Report: Illinois Investments Matter
2017 KCDB Cover Written by Anna Rowan Data from the beginning of the state’s budget crisis show that smart investments in children lead to progress. Illinois is currently 19th in the nation in the latest rankings for child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet, the lack of a full state budget for the past two years (and no foreseeable end to the impasse) puts Illinois in danger of undermining its own investments and progress.