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The Majority Report 03/01/15 - Fighting for access to child care, college and nutrition


Child care providers, parents protest funding cuts (VIDEO)

Child care providers, parents protest funding cutsThousands of working families all across Illinois rely on the state's Child Care Assistance Program, which subsidizes child care for working parents, so they can work to support their families or go to school to make a better life for themselves and their children. But funding for CCAP has run out. It leaves these families with a unpleasant choice: giving up safe care for their children or quitting their jobs or school.

A recent rally at the Capitol by Illinois Action for Children was aimed at the governor and the General Assembly to restore this funding so that parents would not have to make such a choice. Hundreds of supporters - many of whom brought their kids - filled the rotunda to rally support for restoring funding for CCAP as well as to ensure continued funding for the next fiscal year.

Parents, child care providers speak >


Bennett: stop university cuts

Bennett: stop university cutsState Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is circulating a petition and collecting stories to stop a devastating $209 million cut to the University of Illinois in Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget. Bennett launched the petition this week to urge the governor to consider the human cost associated with slashing the university's budget.

"The University of Illinois is a vital resource not only to our community but for the entire state of Illinois. I'm asking the governor to consider the long-term effects of drastic cuts to higher education funding," said Bennett. "These cuts will result in lost opportunities and students graduating Illinois' public universities with higher amounts of debt; this is unacceptable."

Petition to protect U of I funding >


Hunter: no child hungry

Hunter: no child hungryEvery morning, students gather around their school's cafeteria to eat breakfast. Out of every five children in school, at least one will not eat breakfast. Hunger makes school harder for the 23 percent of Illinois children who are food insecure.

"Children need a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast every morning. Kids perform better in school when they aren't hungry," said State Senator Mattie Hunter, who serves on the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee. "That's why I'm pledging to see no child hungry in Illinois."

Rise and shine with breakfast >



Illinois leads the nation in innovation growth

Illinois leads the nation in innovation growthA new story on our I Like Illinois website reveals between 2012 and 2013 research and development spending at Illinois universities grew faster than in any other state. Illinois' institutions of higher learning spent a record $2.4 billion trying to drive science and engineering innovation.

Research and development >





Illinois' historic sites recognized

Illinois' historic sites recognizedPresident Barack Obama has named a unique Chicago neighborhood as a national monument, recognizing Illinois' history in the railroad industry and a unique part of the birth of the labor rights movement in the United States. Obama designated Chicago's historic Pullman district as a national monument recently, bringing it under the purview of the National Park Service.

Pullman >

This week, 23 Illinois sites were added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. The list includes 13 buildings, eight historic districts and two archaeological sites across the state, representing eras from 100 to 400 years ago. Fifteen sites are located throughout downstate Illinois; five are in Cook County and three in the collar counties.

National Register >

Keep telling us your stories

 Tell us your storyThe governor's cuts reduce or eliminate services to programs serving people with a variety of special needs. Does your child have epilepsy? Does your neighbor depend on child care assistance to continue work or school? Do your elderly parents rely on public transit? Does your sister have breast cancer?

We need to hear from you about how these cuts will harm real people. Please let us know if you are willing to share what your family or friends will deal with if programs they rely on receive reduced funding or are eliminated entirely.

How will the proposed FY16 budget affect you?




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