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Illinois Kids Count 2015 Awards Benefit
Join us June 4th for the Illinois Kids Count 2015 Awards Benefit honoring Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, McKnight Kurland, and Gaylord Gieseke. This year’s guest speaker is best-selling author of  The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which highlights the importance of access to opportunities and productive pathways to self-sufficiency, as well as the consequences of  “allowing poverty to go unchallenged and unabated.”
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Choose Revenue to Avoid Harmful Cuts
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.
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Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach
Breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty requires a coordinated set of efforts that address the needs of the whole family, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new KIDS COUNT® report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach. A “two-generation” approach seeks to create opportunities for low-income families by simultaneously equipping parents and kids with the tools they need to thrive while removing the obstacles in their way.

Issues In Focus

Budgeting for the Future by Investing in the Well-Being of Our Children, Families, and Communities
Chartbook cover This chartbook conveys the importance of investing in the well-being of our children and the families and communities in which they develop in order to build a stronger state now and in the future. It also makes the case for making tax and budget decisions today that shore-up instead of undermine these investments.
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.
Creating a brighter future through ‘A Stronger Illinois’
A Stronger Illinois for Web-23 We are a stronger Illinois when we invest in strong families, communities, and local economies. By highlighting the stories of real Illinoisans, a new series of reports from the Fiscal Policy Center shows that our state creates a brighter future when we make critical public investments. The series also estimates how programs and the communities they serve would be impacted by the loss of billions of dollars in revenue.
Medicaid Explained: How It Works & Why It’s So Important
Medical-Symbol Illinois’ investments in Medicaid and related health insurance programs have resulted in one of the lowest uninsured rates for children in the nation. Threatened cuts to Medicaid, however, would jeopardize access to health care for low-income children, their families, and vulnerable populations such as the elderly and disabled. With state Medicaid spending per enrollee already the lowest in the Midwest, policymakers should not cut access to health care in an attempt to solve the state’s budget crisis.