CCH Statement: Our work continues after Fair Tax defeated

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is disappointed that many Illinois voters chose to not support the Fair Tax, a reform that would have made our tax system fairer and helped address the state’s structural deficit.

We are grateful to all of CCH’s supporters, partners, and allies that worked tirelessly to fight for this reform, logging hundreds of hours of work. 

While the movement for progressive income for Illinois did not win this year, CCH, along with our partners in this fight, will continue to push for a system that ensures millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. 

With Illinois billions of dollars in debt, no additional federal relief in the immediate future, and the pandemic accelerating, we know social services, public education, public health and safety, and homeless and housing insecurity programs will be considered first among the areas of the state budget to be cut. 

CCH will continue to fight every day, every fiscal year to ensure:

  • People experiencing homelessness receive access to supportive services and stable and permanent housing 
  • Homelessness prevention services (for both rental and mortgage assistance) are provided to any household requesting assistance throughout Illinois.
  • Tenants are not unlawfully evicted due to COVID-19.
  • Students experiencing homelessness will continue to have access to the public education they are legally entitled to.
  • Our communities have the necessary resources to combat COVID-19.