“Governor Rauner has chosen to advance his political agenda by holding children and vulnerable Illinois families hostage. He has given a reprieve to some of the hostages through his rules change announced on Monday but without the passage SB 570 Governor Rauner maintains a free hand to take more hostages, throwing the lives of tens of thousands of Illinois families across the state into uncertainty.
Serious cuts are threatening working people, our families, and our communities. Critical needs are being left unmet. Illinois must take action- not just to band-aid the budget gap but to move our state and our people forward. Short term, emergency revenue to patch the budget and prevent devastating cuts is needed, but is not enough. To move Illinois forward and provide the high quality services and educational opportunities that allow communities to thrive requires sustainable, equitable, and smart revenue solutions.
On Tuesday, March 24, parents, early childhood workers, elected officials, and community leaders held a press conference outside of Loop Capital Markets on LaSalle Street, to react to a new report by the ReFund America Project at the Roosevelt Institute, “Our Kind of Town: A Financial Plan that Puts Chicago’s Communities First.”