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.”
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.
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.