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Creating a brighter future through ‘A Stronger Illinois’

We are a stronger Illinois when we invest in strong families, communities, and local economies. By highlighting the stories of real Illinoisans, a new series of reports from the Fiscal Policy Center shows that our state creates a brighter future when we make critical public investments. The series also estimates how programs and the communities they serve would be impacted by the pending loss of billions of dollars in revenue.

In Focus

1 in 5 Illinois kids benefit

Raising the state minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour would benefit an estimated 1.1 million Illinois workers and nearly one in five Illinois children (about 583,000). And new research indicates that these clear benefits to low-wage workers come with little discernible effect on employment.

FY15-budget-brief--issues-in-focus

The failure of the General Assembly to extend current income tax rates past their December 31 expiration resulted in an irresponsible budget that stops the improvement of Illinois’ finances in its tracks. However, it is not too late for lawmakers to do the right thing: maintain stable revenue to avoid deep service cuts, an increase in unpaid bills, and further credit downgrades.

Fiscal Notes Blog

December 5, 2014

Yesterday, I appeared on CLTV’s Politics Tonight to talk with host Paul Lisnek about the huge cuts that will be required to balance the state’s budget if billions of dollars of revenue disappears starting on New Year’s Day.…

December 5, 2014

Illinois’ Monetary Award Program (MAP) helps students with great financial need, like Amanda, afford college by providing tuition assistance to attend more than 130 Illinois colleges and universities.…

December 4, 2014

Families like Jennifer’s are able to move out of a shelter and into a permanent home because of temporary assistance they receive through the Homeless Prevention Program. …

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