Working with the Responsible Budget Coalition, human service providers will gather at the Thompson Center at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to warn Gov. Rauner and lawmakers that their failure to enact a responsible budget by next week will result in immediate cuts to childcare, services for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, mental health, homeless prevention, jobs training, economic development, and many other vital services.
State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced earlier this month that the Illinois Constitution prevents her from writing checks for most state services after June 30 if a state budget has not been adopted.
Human services providers will let the governor and lawmakers know that stopping payments will leave them no choice but to close programs, layoff workers, and otherwise reduce critical services on which families depend.
Service providers will be joined at the press conference by representatives of 30 local organizations to urge the governor and lawmakers to prevent these harmful cuts by choosing revenue.
WHEN: 11:15 AM, Wednesday, June 24
WHERE: Thompson Center Plaza, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Donald J. Dew, President/CEO of Habilitative Systems, Inc.
Maureen Hallagan, Executive Director of Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Flora Koppel, Executive Director of Unity Parenting and Counseling, Inc.
Mariana Osoria, Center Director of Family Focus – Nuestra Familia
Maria Pesqueira, Executive Director of Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Celena Roldan, Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and representatives from 30 local organizations that are members of the Responsible Budget Coalition.
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless is a leader in the Responsible Budget Coalition, a large and diverse coalition of 200 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes non-profits that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; and many others.