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Many of you may have seen the Responsible Budget Coalition’s call to contact legislators today to pass a budget that fully funds human services. The RBC action alert can be seen here. Our own call to action is at the bottom of this post.

Today at 2 p.m., the Senate Appropriations I Committee will hear SB6, Amendment 1, the budget bill negotiated by Senate leadership. This bill includes funding for the remainder of FY17 for human services. We’ve been honest about the toll the lack of movement on a real solution is taking on our advocacy efforts. It’s hard to keep mobilizing staff and for staff to keep responding to our calls, again and again. This is frustrating work – honestly, much more frustrating than it should be. But I have one more piece of evidence that YOUR advocacy is working. Yesterday, as legislative staff were  negotiating the budget bill, Safe from the Start – the funding that supports our Butterfly Project in Central – was not included in the bill. Because of the work of our lobbyists and the advocacy efforts led by our own Tiffanny Powell, the newest version of the Senate bill includes Safe from the Start. Your efforts made a difference.

Here are some of the items included in SB6, Amendment 1:

Safe from the Start:                $600,000

Healthy Families                     $9.947 million

CCBYS                                   $16.6 million

Redeploy                                 $5.07 million

Homeless Youth                     $4.63 million

Children’s Home + Aid has slipped in support of this bill. Please call your Senators and Representatives to support SB6, Amendment 1.

Here are steps everyone can take below.

Here’s how you can help right now



Need to lookup who your state rep is? >> Click Here   Be sure to call their Springfield office

Sample call script: You will likely speak to a staff member. Please tell the staff member the following:

Vote yes on SB6, Amendment 1, which provides funding for the rest of this fiscal year for vital human services. SB6, Amendment 1, includes funding for:

  • Safe from the Start
  • Youth Services – including CCBYS, Homeless Youth and Redeploy
  • Healthy Families

If you get the opportunity to speak directly with your state senator, consider sharing information about the impact that the budget stalemate has had on your program thus far.  This could include reductions in numbers of children and/or families served and what you anticipate the impact of a continued impasse would be.



Sample Facebook post:

[Tag your Senator] We need a budget now to restore human services funding and get essential services and support to children and families in Illinois.  Take action.  #ILBudgetNow

[Include a link to the lookup page to encourage others to take action www.childrenshomeandaid.org/findmyelected ]

Sample Twitter post (tweet):

We need a budget now to restore human services funding [@local senator’s Twitter handle] #ILBudgetNow

As members of the Responsible Budget Coalition, we wanted to share a statement from John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Chair of the Responsible Budget Coalition’s Executive Committee, released on the Tuesday, December 27th, regarding the expiration of the stopgap spending plan and the continued lack of a state budget.

On December 31st, that ‘plan’ is set to expire. And with the plan’s expiration will come even more uncertainty for the state’s eroding social service and higher education infrastructure, and even more pain for Illinois communities and the state’s business climate….The only acceptable end to the Illinois budget crisis is a fully funded, year-long, responsible budget. Such a budget must provide sufficient revenue to stop making cuts, repair previous damage, and make smart investments.

The most recent survey of service providers, commissioned last summer, found that over one million Illinoisans have lost services due to the impasse. That number continues to grow.  The chaos and uncertainty of the budget impasse continues to depress the business climate.  All of us suffer when our state fails to fund the public investments that allow our families, communities and economy to thrive.

You can lookup the contact information for your state elected officials on our advocacy page and let them know you demand a fully funded and responsible state budget.

The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a large and diverse coalition of more than 300 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations 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; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.

To read the full statement and learn more about the coalition’s efforts, visit their website.