Removing Barriers, Building Opportunities As we enter our 30th year fighting as an independent advocate for children and families, Voices for Illinois Children is hosting Removing Barriers, Building Opportunities: A Summit on Children & Families. During the Summit, we are excited to kick off the Voices for Illinois Children’s Agenda for Building Better Lives outlining our plan to improve the lives of Illinois children and families.
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.
New Report: Invest in Youth – Not Prisons Putting youth in prisons is the most expensive and least effective way to respond to juvenile delinquency. Yet Illinois spends heavily on unnecessary prison facilities while neglecting community-based alternatives to incarceration, according to a new report from Voices’ Fiscal Policy Center. By shifting investment from youth prisons to research-backed, community-based alternatives, Illinois can help youth succeed, improve public safety, and save taxpayers money.