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Lack of State Budget Dismantling Critical State Services
The lack of a fully funded, year-long budget is dismantling critical state services, according to a new report from the Fiscal Policy Center. Children, seniors, and people with disabilities are among the hardest hit. The report captures the ongoing damage happening across state service areas in communities across Illinois — damage that will continue to grow in coming weeks without a fully funded budget.
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Medicaid at 50: Transforming Lives through Better Health
Medicaid has transformed health care for millions of Illinoisans–most of them children–over the past 50 years. To celebrate the anniversary of this critical program, we’ve created a new chartbook explaining Medicaid in simple terms, why it is so important, who is covered, and why it is such a good deal for Illinois–all with easy-to-understand language and infographics.
Illinois Kids Count 2015: ‘Confronting Poverty, Creating Opportunity’
The Illinois Kids Count 2015 report, “Confronting Poverty, Creating Opportunity,” reveals that more than 600,000 Illinois children live in poverty and that child poverty rates are likely to remain high even as the economy improves. The report also identifies policies that have been effective in alleviating and reducing child poverty. Unfortunately, existing efforts at the state level would be seriously weakened by the Governor’s proposed budget, which includes deep cuts in health care, child care assistance, child protection services, and other areas.

Issues In Focus

Low-Income College Students Denied Tuition Assistance, By Legislative District
1443041953_graduation-cap Low-income college students throughout Illinois are not receiving tuition assistance through the state’s Monetary Award Program (MAP) that helps them afford college. New analysis released by Voices for Illinois Children and Women Employed shows that hundreds, even thousands, of students in every Illinois legislative district are being harmed by the lack of a state budget that raises the revenue necessary to fund vital areas like tuition assistance.
Voices’ Leadership Transition
Harry Wells - Small After almost three decades with Voices, Gaylord Gieseke stepped down as President at the end of June. Voices thanks Gaylord for her strategic leadership and expertise during her many years with the organization. Harry Wells, an experienced non-profit executive, became Interim President on July 20 and will help Voices transition to permanent leadership and a new era of advocacy for Illinois children.
Choose Revenue to Avoid Harmful Cuts
Choose-Revenue-Feature A new Fiscal Policy Center report shows that Governor Rauner and lawmakers have a broad range of revenue options to avoid harmful cuts. Devastating cuts to services are not inevitable: They are a choice. And, choosing to raise the resources necessary to invest in children, families, and communities is the best thing we can do to propel our state toward economic prosperity.
How Much Would Your Town Lose Under Governor’s Budget?
IL-map-highways In addition to deep cuts to services, Governor Rauner’s cuts-only budget proposal would slash revenue sharing to localities in half — more than $600 million. Find out how much communities around the state stand to lose and why it threatens their ability to provide core services their residents’ demand.