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How Does Illinois Fare in the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book?

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book shows how demographic, social, and economic changes combined with major policy developments have affected the lives of lower-income children in both positive and negative ways in the past 25 years. See how the child well-being trends in Illinois closely parallel nationwide trends.

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ICTC Launches Look Through Their Eyes Campaign

Look Through Their Eyes is a public awareness campaign launched by the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition (ICTC) intended to increase awareness among parents and care-givers of the importance of prevention, early identification, and treatment of childhood trauma. Check out the campaign website to learn more about childhood trauma and to find service providers.

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Issue Brief: Enacted Budget Takes State Backwards

The failure of the General Assembly to extend current income tax rates past their December 31 expiration resulted in an irresponsible budget that stops the improvement of Illinois’ finances in its tracks. However, it is not too late for lawmakers to do the right thing: maintain stable revenue to avoid deep service cuts, an increase in unpaid bills, and further credit downgrades.

Issues In Focus

Letter from Voices’ President: Revenue Needed to Prioritize Early Childhood Education
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Gaylord Gieseke’s Letter to the Editor in the Springfield Journal-Register makes the case for revenue in order to support a budget that prioritizes early childhood education. 

EITC Works! New App Shows Local Impact of Doubling EITC
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A new Fiscal Policy Center interactive web app, www.EITCWorks.org, allows users to pinpoint how doubling the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would lift more families out of poverty and boost local economies in their legislative districts. Visit www.EITCWorks.org to find out how low-wage working families and small businesses in your district would be impacted!

Report: Revenue Collapse Threatens State Economy
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If Illinois’ income tax rates decline as scheduled at the end of this year, the resulting revenue collapse will threaten the state’s economic recovery, curtail the ability to support vital investments, and create more uncertainty over how the state will meet its obligations. Rather than dig a much deeper hole that would further undermine confidence in the state, the better way to put Illinois back on track is to maintain stable and sustainable revenue so that the state can invest in what really matters for job creation and economic growth. 

Fiscal Notes — The New Blog from the Fiscal Policy Center
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Check out Fiscal Notes, the new blog from the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices. Fiscal Notes is your new go-to source for the latest on the budget and tax issues driving the debate on our state’s future–particularly our investments in children. On Fiscal Notes, you’ll find timely analysis on issues central to Illinois.