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Packed Senate hearing on Rauner budget cuts to human services

At a packed hearing Monday, vulnerable Illinois residents talked about the dire setbacks they would face under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to slash human services by $423.8 million next year. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) staff and 11 community leaders from Aurora and Waukegan attended the Chicago hearing, called by the Senate Appropriations Committee and chaired by Sen….

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CCH hosts Springfield breakfast for 30 legislators

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) hosted a legislative breakfast March 11, attended by 30 state legislators who learned more about homeless service programs across the state. We talked with 28 representatives and two senators from both parties about protecting vital homeless services from proposed cutbacks, including programs for homeless youth, emergency shelter and transitional…

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We headed to Springfield Wednesday – amidst a ‘Twitter storm’ – to advocate against homeless service cutbacks

A group of 137 shelter residents, homeless providers and students traveled to Springfield March 4 with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). We talked to legislators about devastating cutbacks to homeless services proposed in Gov. Rauner’s FY16 state budget. The action day included a Twitter storm from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to protest the proposed…

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Advocating for ex-offender job access in House Bill 494

Advocating for a jobs access bill, a group of 16 advocates, attorneys and formerly incarcerated community leaders traveled to Springfield Wednesday. Working with Cabrini Green Legal Aid and the Community Renewal Society, the CCH Reentry Project spoke to legislators about House Bill 494, which would remove lifetime barriers to employment in schools for people with…

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More than 12,500 Illinois households would be hurt by homeless service cutbacks in Rauner budget

Housing Action Illinois worked with CCH in preparing this state budget analysis. By Jennifer Cushman & Jonathan Holmes of the CCH Public Policy staff Gov. Bruce Rauner’ state budget plan for FY16, released Feb. 18, proposes some life-threatening reductions in FY16 funding for safety-net homeless services and devastating decreases to health care and core services…

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Ben Folds to Headline Hopefest

Ben Folds will perform at CCH’s Hopefest with yMusic, a NYC-based sextet ensemble, at the Park West on Saturday, May 16. Tickets will be $40 for general admission and a limited number of VIP Reserved tickets will be available for $85 each when the tickets go on sale, Friday March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

“I don’t recall ever being quite so excited about an album I’m making,” Folds says. “It’s just that we don’t often get to make a record that we’ve never heard before. The arrangements you will hear on this record are straight up rock – not ornamentation.”

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CCH gearing up for the Chicago Marathon

Calling all runners: CCH is forming a team to run the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11. Because CCH is unable to participate as an official affiliated charity this year, all who are interested in joining our team will register through the marathon lottery, which is open through Tuesday, April 21. Unfortunately, this…

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Equal Justice Works attorney on the state’s new minor consent to health care law

By Graham Bowman Equal Justice Works Fellow at CCH As a Legal Aid Committee panelist invited to discuss significant developments this past year, I talked last week about drafting a 2014 state law that allows unaccompanied Illinois minors the right to consent to their own health care. I told the Chicago Bar Association committee of…

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DuPage & Kane county residents sign 1,284 letters opposing state cuts to homeless services

Mobilized by CCH’s Statewide Network, almost 1,300 letters signed by residents of suburban DuPage and Kane counties were delivered Friday afternoon to the Chicago office of Gov. Bruce Rauner. The letters ask the governor not to cut vital homeless services in the FY16 budget plan that Gov. Rauner will unveil Wednesday. More than 900 letters…

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CCH celebrates settlement of sweeps case that helps those who live on the street

February 11 – Today CCH celebrated settlement of a legal case that resulted in a new city policy that protects homeless people who weather living outdoors on Lower Wacker Drive and under the Wilson Avenue viaduct. Four clients joined a lunch celebration hosted by CCH staff and leaders. Also thanked were four attorneys who donated…

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