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Homecare workers continue to struggle without state budget

hunter homecarestory 030717Ashley’s Quality Care, a 25-year-old social service agency, is on the brink of closure due to the almost-two-year budget stalemate between Republican governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature.

“The governor needs to be truthful and transparent. He needs to make clear his budget plan for the state, bring everyone together and lead us out of the recession we’re beginning to face,” said Michael Robinson, CFO of Ashley’s Quality Care.

How did we get here? A 2016-17 budget timeline

budget timeline2Illinois’ budget stalemate has taken a number of twists and turns. From Governor Rauner’s first session in office, when he total vetoed 21 of the 23 budget-related measures to the expiration of a stopgap budget at the end of 2016, it has been a complicated two years.

The process has people unsure what the legislature has done and attempted to do throughout this time. This timeline outlines important points throughout the impasse, what has happened since the spring of 2016 and where we are today.  (click on image to enlarge)

Silverstein resolution condemns rising anti-Semitism

silverstein 022817SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ira I. Silverstein of Chicago believes communities and their leaders must speak up to condemn the recent wave of anti-Semitic events in Illinois and across the country.

“I have filed a resolution asking the Illinois Senate to join me in denouncing those who have made bomb threats, desecrated Jewish cemeteries and vandalized synagogues,” Silverstein said. “These events are obvious attempts to incite fear and disrupt daily life in peaceful communities.”

Rauner budget cuts put child care in limbo

rckfrd daycareAs the director of Circles of Learning daycare center in Rockford, Anita Rummage’s passion is providing a safe, fun place for children to play and learn while their parents work.

But the state’s historic budget crisis has stopped Anita from accepting as many children as she would wish. For the first time ever, the center doesn’t have a wait list. That’s because the eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program changed in November 2015.