The spring legislative session for Illinois lawmakers is scheduled to finish on May 31st. Between now and then, our elected officials are working to craft a budget that must address a projected six billion dollar deficit. Governor Rauner proposed a budget that included severe cuts to crucial human services, including programs for homeless youth and services for affordable and supportive housing. Slashing the budget does not have to be the answer.
Lawmakers, and our Governor, have a choice. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of the state’s most vulnerable workers and families, elected officials can choose to raise new revenue to address the deficit. Just last week, the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children released a detailed report outlining a variety of revenue options. Their one page fact sheet provides a quick summary.
Call or email your legislator today to tell them to choose revenue as opposed to devastating and unnecessary cuts.
- You can use the toll free number 1-844-311-CUTS (1-844-311-2887) to be directly connected with your lawmakers office
- You can use our online tool to send an email directly to your legislator
Woodstock and hundreds of organizations across Illinois are members of the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC). We know that a balanced budget does not have to come at the expense of vulnerable children, families, and communities. Please contact your legislators today, and spread the word to your friends and family through email and social media. Follow Woodstock (@woodstockinst) and the RBC (@RespBudgetIL) on twitter, and use the hashtags #chooserevenue #nocuts and #twill.
Please email or call Courtney Eccles, our policy director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-368-0310 with any questions or for more information.