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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.

In Focus

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.
Educational background of a rolled graduation certificate tied with a red ribbon lying on a grey background with copysapce The on-going impasse in Springfield continues to put a severe strain on the public university system in Illinois. As the legislature and governor fail to approve a complete budget for the fiscal year, it puts universities in the unenviable situation of having to raise tuition and fees while also looking at ways to cut costs.

Fiscal Notes Blog

May 19, 2017
This month, the Illinois Senate has the opportunity to pass legislation to protect children’s health by providing Illinois workers with paid sick days.…
May 16, 2017
The on-going impasse in Springfield continues to put a severe strain on the public university system in Illinois.…
May 14, 2017
How about continued health care coverage?  As of the beginning of this year, there were 1,679,700 women and girls enrolled under the state’s Medicaid program.…
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