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  • Seniors bring attention to impact of budget impasse (VIDEO)

    Seniors bring attention to impact of budget impasse

  • Silverstein wants Latino Treatment Center to stay open

    Silverstein wants Latino Treatment Center to stay openSPRINGFIELD – The next tragedy of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 10-month budget impasse could be the closure of the Latino Treatment Center.

    “The governor is completely out-of-touch with the needs of Latinos,” said State Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago). “His inability to govern and failure to get a budget done means that a vital organization providing substance abuse treatment services to Latinos is about to go under. It’s too bad the governor doesn’t care that his budget impasse is destroying Illinois’ social service network.”

    The Latino Treatment Center has bilingual staff and evaluates and serves those in the Hispanic community by conducting evaluations for alcohol and drugs in either Spanish or English. Its staff specializes in outpatient treatment for substance abuse, treatment for families, individual and group counseling and adolescent treatment.

  • Biss: DHS hiring as service providers languish

    biss dhsSen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) today questioned why a state agency is expanding its payroll while failing to pay hundreds of struggling non-profit agencies that are contracted to provide important services on the state’s behalf.

    Officials from the Illinois Department of Human Services revealed during an appropriations hearing that the agency hired about 800 new employees between July and December 2015.

    Meanwhile, DHS has not been paying the agencies it contracted with throughout Illinois to provide vital human services for impoverished and underserved people on behalf of the state.

  • Black lawmakers react to governor’s budget address

    lightford budgreax0216The governor’s budget address fails to help college students, vulnerable residents and disenfranchised communities. This was the core belief expressed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus at their budget press conference on Wednesday.

    ILBC Chair Kimberly Lightford joined members in calling student activists and the governor to action. She challenged the governor’s proposal to sell an outdated, broken education funding plan as true reform and his failure to address higher education concerns.

    “Funding our schools without reforming our unfair education system does more harm than good. No matter how much wealth you have, throwing money at a problem is not going to solve it without understanding the real issues at hand. Our decades-old funding formula has not done anything to meet the needs of today’s students. It has only led to the most regressive funding system in the nation."

  • Sen. Manar - a few key points on ed. funding reform

    Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) shares some of his thoughts on the governor's budget address as it relates to education and education funding reform at a press conference on February 18, 2016.


  • McGuire: Governor’s lack of concern for citizens is stunning (UPDATE)

    McGuire2014squareSPRINGFIELD — After the governor’s budget address Wednesday, State Senator Pat McGuire issued the following statement:

    “The question was, ‘Will the governor introduce a one-year budget or a two-year budget?’ The answer appears to be ‘no budget at all.’

    “The governor's support of early childhood and K-12 education is welcome. Yet he said nothing about helping low-income students pay for college or keeping the doors of our colleges and universities open. The governor talks about growing our economy, but his disregard of post-secondary education threatens to stunt Illinois' economic growth.

    “The governor mentioned human services only in passing near the tail end of his speech. I am stunned by the governor's avoidance of the day-to-day toll his inflexibility is taking on the elderly, the disabled, the homeless, and our neighbors and family members battling mental illness and substance abuse.

    “We, the people of Illinois, need to pull together and use our hearts and minds to save our state.”

    UPDATE: 4:40 p.m. 2/17/2016: “A bit more information about the governor's FY 17 budget has become available. The governor's budget appears to spend $3.5 billion more than expected revenues. It looks like the governor wishes to balance his own budget by the General Assembly either rubber-stamping his Turnaround Agenda or giving up the legislative branch's constitutional role in the budget process.

    “Both are dangerous paths to take. I encourage the governor to heed the advice of former Gov. Jim Edgar and others and to engage in sincere, sustained negotiations with legislators on the budget. Again, on the budget.”

  • President Cullerton Q&A after budget address

    Senate President John J. Cullerton shares remarks and a brief Q&A following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016 in the State Capitol.


  • Sen. Manar's remarks after the budget address

    Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) shares his thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Martinez's thoughts on budget address [ESP]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Martinez's thoughts on budget address [ENG]

    Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Steans' remarks after the budget address

    Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Hutchinson's remarks after the budget address

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) shares her thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Trotter's remarks after the budget address

    Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) shares his thoughts immediately following the governor's budget address on February 17, 2016 in this exclusive audio.


  • Sen. Collins shares her thoughts on the budget

    Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago) expresses disappointment in the governor's second budget address.


  • Sen. Raoul's perspective of the budget address

    Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) shares his thoughts following the governor's second budget address on February 17, 2016 at the Illinois State Capitol.


  • Sen. Hutchinson's thoughts on the budget

    Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) shares her thoughts following the governor's second budget address at a press conference in the Capitol.


  • Sen. Hunter shares feelings on the budget

    Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) expresses her feelings on the governor's second budget address at a press conference February 17, 2016.


  • Sen. Trotter's thoughts on second budget address

    Senator Donne Trotter(D-Chicago) shares his thoughts following the governor's budget address at a recent press conference.


  • Sen. Lightford on the gov.'s second budget address

    Assistant Majority Leader and Legislative Black Caucus Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) speaks regarding the governor's budget address at a recent press conference.


  • No mention of college, seniors, disabled, veterans in Rauner budget speech (VIDEO)

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