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Protect Health Care for Illinois Children by Rejecting the American Health Care Act
Written by Mayumi Grigsby Given the impact it will have on the lives of more than 1.4 million children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)[1], members of the state’s congressional delegation need to reject the proposed legislation, to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed America Health Care Act (AHCA) that passed the U.S.
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Paid Sick Leave Benefits All Illinoisans
Written by Militza Pagan The Illinois legislature is on the verge of passing paid sick leave for an estimated 1.5 million Illinois workers who currently have no such right. The Healthy Workplace Act (HB 2771) would allow employees to earn up to forty hours of paid sick leave a year. The measure is currently awaiting House approval of Senate amendments. 
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2017 Kids Count Report: Illinois Investments Matter
Written by Anna Rowan Data from the beginning of the state’s budget crisis show that smart investments in children lead to progress. Illinois is currently 19th in the nation in the latest rankings for child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet, the lack of a full state budget for the past two years (and no foreseeable end to the impasse) puts Illinois in danger of undermining its own investments and progress.

Issues In Focus

The new state budget and education funding: still waiting
elementaryclassroom Written by John Gordon K-12 Education Funding Left Hanging in the Balance for Upcoming School Year Illinois has a state budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) that began on July 1st but not the means for appropriating the dollars for K-12 education. While the legislature overrode Governor Rauner’s vetoes of the state budget and revenue bills, the budget bill (Senate Bill 6) contained language stipulating that the majority of the dollars set aside for elementary and secondary education were to be allocated according to an “evidence-based formula.” The result of this decision is that public schools in Illinois remain in jeopardy of not opening on time or only being able to stay open for a short period of time.
Voices for Illinois Children July Newsletter
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2017 Kids Count Report: Illinois Investments Matter
2017 KCDB Cover Written by Anna Rowan Data from the beginning of the state’s budget crisis show that smart investments in children lead to progress. Illinois is currently 19th in the nation in the latest rankings for child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet, the lack of a full state budget for the past two years (and no foreseeable end to the impasse) puts Illinois in danger of undermining its own investments and progress.
Paid Sick Leave Benefits Children’s Health
Emergency Room This month, the Illinois Senate has the opportunity to pass legislation to protect children’s health by providing Illinois workers with paid sick days. The Healthy Workplace Act (HB 2771) would allow an employee to accrue and use up to five paid sick days per year. Employees may use their paid sick days to care for themselves or a family member.