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Reforming Education Funding
Written by John Gordon After missing the first two installments of state payments to local school districts, the Illinois General Assembly has approved a new education funding mechanism in legislation that also includes a tax credit for scholarship donations, some school mandate relief, and several other measures. Senate approval on Tuesday (with a vote of 38-13-4) followed a dramatic Monday evening vote (73-34-3) by the Illinois House on Senate Bill 1947.
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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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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.

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Voices for Illinois Children September Newsletter
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A Statement by Voices for Illinois Children President Tasha Green Cruzat on the flooding in Houston
tasha-green-cruzat-head-shot-large On behalf of everyone at Voices for Illinois Children, our hearts could not ache any more for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We stand with the families and children afflicted by these devastating times. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every individual who has experienced hardship due to the overwhelming devastation.
Damage to Women and Families Persists in Wake of Budget Impasse
CFW report Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children, and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning today released a new report on the impact of Illinois’ budget impasse on women and children. The report, titled “Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children,” was prepared by Voices for Illinois Children and Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning.
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.