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.
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.