Proposed Medicaid changes could mean end of services for thousands in Illinois.
Proposed changes to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid could result in the reduction or elimination of services for thousands of Illinois residents now covered by Medicaid. Medicaid provides health coverage to low-income children and their families, pregnant women, persons who are disabled, and seniors.[1] Services covered by Medicaid can include payments for hospital and nursing home care and prescription drugs.
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The Governor’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget: Balanced -in name
With the hope of closing a budget gap of more than $7 billion, Governor Bruce Rauner has presented the legislature with a Fiscal Year 2018 budget totaling $37.3 billion. His proposed methods for closing the gap includes some additional revenue but also a set of legislative measures to reform pensions, procurement, state employee health care, and human services.
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New Report: Invest in Youth – Not Prisons
Putting youth in prisons is the most expensive and least effective way to respond to juvenile delinquency. Yet Illinois spends heavily on unnecessary prison facilities while neglecting community-based alternatives to incarceration, according to a new report from Voices’ Fiscal Policy Center. By shifting investment from youth prisons to research-backed, community-based alternatives, Illinois can help youth succeed, improve public safety, and save taxpayers money.

Issues In Focus

Voices 30th Anniversary Benefit
Save the Date Image Voices for Illinois 30th Anniversary Benefit: Thirty Years of Building Better Lives       Thursday, June 8, 2017;   6:00 – 10:00 pm at Savage Smyth, 920 N. Franklin Street, Chicago   Join Voices for Illinois Children as we celebrate 30 years of advocating on behalf of Illinois children. Enjoy an early summer evening, overlooking the Chicago skyline at one of the city’s most inspired event spaces.
Agenda to Build Better Lives
voices_agenda_nov2016-cover Read Voices for Illinois Children’s Agenda for Building Better Lives that outlines steps we believe the state must take on behalf of Illinois children and families. In shaping our Agenda, Voices connected with both communities and partner organizations to ensure that we are operating in the most effective advocacy space for children and families.
Message from Voices’ President
Tasha Green Cruzat head shot - website January 20, 2017 It is an uncertain time for Illinois and the nation. The new administration in Washington is certain to make decisions at the federal level that will reverberate in Illinois. As the Illinois Legislature makes tentative moves toward a resolution to the 19-month budget impasse, localities and non-profit organizations are still in dire need of resources to provide services and help residents meet their basic needs.
More Money Needed For Pensions
IMG_0853 Illinois residents should be ready to pay an additional $886 million in general funds in the next fiscal year (which starts July 1st) towards pensions for state employees, teachers, staff at state universities, judges, and legislators. That’s the total change from this fiscal year (FY17) after the state pension systems[1] set their contribution amounts and the State Auditor (a firm hired by the Auditor General) reviewed them.