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2014 Election Toolkit

The best thing we can do this fall to make a difference for Illinois children and families is to engage candidates in our communities and vote on November 4th, 2014. Voices has assembled an election toolkit to make your job as a voter easier. In it you’ll find information on issues impacting children and families to consider when casting your vote, questions to ask candidates, our take on ballot questions, a “how to” guide for holding a candidate forum in your community, and general information about where and how to register and vote.

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It All Adds Up: Early Math Initiatives in Illinois

Math is all around us, and research suggests that children understand math concepts even before they can speak. Not only are they “born learning,” but they are also born learning math. A new report from Voices and the CME Group Foundation highlights early math initiatives in Illinois and makes recommendations to expand these initiatives so that every young child has the chance to explore early mathematics.

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Raising the Minimum Wage Would Help 1 in 5 Illinois Children, Boost State Economy

Raising the state minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour would benefit an estimated 1.1 million Illinois workers and nearly one in five Illinois children (about 583,000). And new research indicates that these clear benefits to low-wage workers come with little discernible effect on employment.

Issues In Focus

Preschool for Some? A Closer Look at Disparities in Access to Preschool in Illinois
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A new report and accompanying issue brief from Voices examines existing preschool opportunities and outstanding needs in Illinois, highlighting areas for improvement to reduce disparities related to family income, race-ethnicity, and geographic area within the state.

ICTC Launches Look Through Their Eyes Campaign
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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.

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. 

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.