Voices’ New President: Tasha Green Cruzat Tasha Green Cruzat joined Voices for Illinois Children as our new president on March 21. Tasha comes to Voices after serving as Chief of Staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Previously, Tasha served in senior positions in the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and Central Management Services, as well as the Executive Director of High Jump, a nonprofit that provides academic opportunities for low-income Chicago youth.
Budget Crisis Update: Devastating Impacts Continue to Grow The lack of a full state budget nine months into the fiscal year continues to have devastating impacts for children, families, and communities. In an update to its September 2015 report, the Fiscal Policy Center captures the damage occuring in 60 different public service areas. The resulting large-scale dismantling of vital parts of Illinois’ health, human service, and higher education systems is inflicting long-term damage that will take many years to repair.
Kids Count Report: Illinois Kids Making Progress, But Many Face Challenges Prior to the state budget crisis, Illinois kids were improving in important indicators of child well-being, including education and health, according to the 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. However, one in five children in Illinois continued to live in poverty in 2014, and the number of kids growing up in high poverty neighborhoods has increased since 2008.