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The FY 2009 Illinois Budget Proposal: What It Means for Women and Girls

Joint project with the Chicago Foundation for Women

How is Illinois ensuring the well-being of women and girls? To find out, Chicago Foundation for Women commissioned Voices for Illinois Children to take a line-by-line look at the governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2009 through the lens of gender. The Foundation believes public budgets are a moral compass that direct the state’s obligation to its more vulnerable citizens. In three critical areas—economic security, freedom from violence and health—Voices found “the budget does include some increased support for programs critical to the well-being of women and girls.” Despite increasing costs, proposed funding for many programs is flat or reduced—placing an added burden on women and girls most in need of a social safety net. It’s imperative that budget-makers remain sensitive to the needs of those residents buffeted by numerous hardships such as abuse, poverty and lack of health insurance.  Download and read report

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