Pass a budget in Illinois

June 29, 2015

Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Leader Durkin, and Leader Radogno:

As Illinois organizations deeply concerned about the state’s responsibilities and obligations to serve children, families, and communities, we write to urge you to work together to pass a fair, adequate and fully funded Fiscal Year 2016 budget, that raises the revenues needed to ensure ongoing access to services and supports, before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st. As the leaders of this great state, we ask that you lead the way in setting aside differences and partnering together in order to pass a budget that is fair and meets the needs of Illinois.

Without a fully-funded budget in place by July 1st, the children and adults who rely on the services many of our organizations provide, as well as those services provided directly by the state, will ultimately be the ones who shoulder the consequences. Almost every line item in the budget carries with it a similar weight and importance.

The people of Illinois depend on the state to pass a budget and fund the programs they rely upon. Families who rely on childcare assistance, individuals with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities, children and adults with mental illnesses, individuals with HIV – these are our friends, families, and neighbors who rely on a fully funded state budget. Non-profit organizations are the backbone of the delivery of state services to these populations and are also left to struggle with the consequences of the lack of agreement on the budget. In addition to the services non-profits provide on behalf of the state, non-profit community-based organizations are significant contributors to the local economy, employing thousands as well as buying goods and services from other local businesses.

With July 1st quickly approaching and no state budget in place, non-profit organizations and their boards of directors are wrestling with uncertainty. Lacking direction from state agencies, non-profits have no idea how much state funding they can expect or when that funding might begin. As a result, non-profits across the state have no choice but to contemplate and, in some cases execute, plans to terminate services, lay off staff, and close service sites. Organizations, their staff, and the families and communities they serve will absorb the costs of these actions. These are the same organizations that have for decades worked on the state’s behalf to ensure the availability of these services.

If the state defaults on its responsibility to provide non-profits with some level of fiscal certainty and adequate funding so that they can operate using sound business practices, we all pay the price in the short and long-term. We strongly urge the General Assembly and Governor Rauner to come together and find agreement to provide the revenue needed to fund a Fiscal Year 2016 budget that invests in the people of this great state.

We certainly stand ready to assist our state’s leadership in this effort in any way that we can.

A Safe Place/Lake County Crisis Center
AARP Illinois
Access Living
Access Services of Northern Illinois
ACT Now Coalition
AFC-COMMUNITY Development Corporation
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
Albany Park Community Center
Alcoholic Rehabilitation Community Home (ARCH)
Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health
Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
All Chicago
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook
Allison’s Infant & Toddler Center
Alternatives, Inc.
Alton YWCA
Arab American Action Network
Arab American Family Services
Arden Shore Child and Family Services
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago
Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA)
Austin Peoples Action Center
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Bridge to Success
Bridgeway, Inc.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council
Brothers Health Collective
Campaign for Better Health Care
Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Casa Central Social Serivces Corporation
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia
CCR&R Carterville
Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc.
Center for Housing and Health
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
Center on Halsted
Centers for New Horizons
Central States SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc.
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Chicago Coalition of Site Administered Child Care
Chicago Commons
Chicago House
Chicago House and Social Service Agency
Chicago Jobs Council
Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children
Chicago Metropolitan Association for the Education
of Young Children
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
Chicago Recovery Alliance
Chicago Run
Chicago Women’s AIDS Project
Chicago Youth Centers
Child Abuse Council
Childcare Network of Evanston
Children’s Home + Aid
Children’s Place Association
Chinese American Service League
Citizen Schools Illinois
Clay County Health Department
Clay County Rehabilitation Center
Clearbrook, Child and Family Connections #6
Community 4:12
Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of
Community Crisis Center, Inc.
Community Elements, Inc.
Community Organizing and Family Issues
Community Renewal Society
Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
Corpration for Supportive Housing
Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Crosspoint Human Services
DayOne Network
Deborah’s Place
Delta Center, Inc.
DeWitt County Human Resource Center
District 207 School Based Health Center
Don Moss and Associates
Donors Forum
Dove, Inc.
DuPage Children’s Museum
DuPage Pads
Early Childhood Coalition of the Illinois Quad Cities
East Side Health District
Easter Seals Central Illinois
Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley
Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago
Ecker Center for Mental Health
EdgeAlliance, Inc.
El Hogar del Nino
El Valor
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
Equality Illinois
Erie Neighborhood House
EverThrive Illinois
Faculty Advisory Council, Illinois Board of Higher
Family Counseling Center, Inc.
Family First Center of Lake County
Family Focus
Family Focus DuPage
Family Rescue
Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero
Family Shelter Service
Federation for Community Schools
First Step Learning, Inc.
Ford Heights Community Service Organization
Fox Valley Montessori School
Friedman Place
Futures Unlimited, Inc.
Gads Hill Center
Garden Center Services
Goldie’s Place
Good Samaritan House of Granite City
Good Shepherd Center for Exceptional Children
GROW in Illinois
Hamdard Center for Health and Human Services
Health & Disability Advocates
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.
Healthy Families Chicago
Heartland Alliance
Heritage Behavioral Health Center
Hesed House, Inc.
Hispanic Community Education and Services
HOPE Fair Housing Center
Housing Action Illinois
Housing Forward
Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston, Inc.
Howard Area Community Center
Howard Brown Health Center
Human Resources Development Institute
Human Support Services
Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
ICG Rehab Services
Illinois Action for Children
Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans
Illinois Asset Building Group
Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health
Illinois Association for the Education of Young
Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Care
Clinics (IAFCC)
Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Illinois Collaboration on Youth
Illinois Federation of Teachers
Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living
Illinois Occupational Therapy Association
Illinois Partners for Human Services
Illinois Physical Therapy Association
Illinois Primary Health Care Association
Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living
Imagine Englewood If
INC Board, NFP
Inspiration Corporation
Instituto del Progreso Latino
Interdependent Living solutions Center
Interfaith House
Interfaith Leadership Project
Jane Addams Senior Caucus, Healthcare and
Economic Justice Committee
Jasper County Health Department
Kilmer Sullivan School Based Health Center
La Casa Norte
Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, Inc.
L’Arche Chicago
Latino Organization of the Southwest
Latino Policy Forum
Lawrence Hall Youth Services
League of Women Voters of Illinois
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House
LIFE Center for Independent Living
LifeLinks Mental Health
LINC, Inc.
Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Madison County Housing Authority
Madison County Partnership to End Homelessness
Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Marion County Health Department
Mary Crane Center
Mary Crane Center Lathrop
Mary Crane Child Development Programs
Massac County Mental Health
Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois
Mental health summit
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center
Mercy Housing Lakefront
Metropolitan Family Services
Muslim Women Resource Center
NAMI Barrington Area
NAMI Chicago
NAMI Illinois
New Foundation Center, Inc.
New Moms, Inc.
North Center for Handicapped Children
North/Northwest Suburban Task Force on
Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental
Northwestern Illinois Center for Independent Living
Northwestern Settlement House
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
One Hope United
Onward House
Open Communities
Options & Advocacy for McHenry County
Ounce of Prevention Fund
PACE, Inc. Center for Independent Living
PACT, Inc.
Parents Organized to Win Educate and Renew Policy
Action Council (POWER PAC)
Park Lawn School & Activity Center
Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative
Peoria County Bright Futures
Phoenix Crisis Center
Planned Parenthood of Illinois
Polish American Association
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
Prevention First
Private Citizen
Project IRENE
Project Oz
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Quad City Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education
RAMP Center for Independent Living
Ray Graham Association
SAL Family and Community Services
San Jose Obrero Mission
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
School Health Link
Self Advocacy Council of Northern Illinois
Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc.
Service Employees International Union Local 73
Shelter, Inc.
Sinai Community Institute
Skipalong Early Care & Education
South Side Office of Concern
South Suburban Family Shelter
South Suburban Housing Center
Southwest Organizing Project
SPARK Aurora Early Childhood Collaboration
St. Bernard Hospital
St. Procopius Church
Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois
Stephenson County Health Department–Healthy
Streator Unlimited, Inc.
Suburban Access, Inc.
Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc.
Supportive Housing Providers Association
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Teen Living Programs
Teen Parent Connection
The Alliance for Human Services
The Cara Program
The Center for Youth and Family Solutions
The Children’s Place Association
The Douglas Center
The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc.
The Fellowship House
The First Step Day Care
The Inner Voice, Inc.
The Josselyn Center
The Night Ministry
The Resurrection Project
The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth Lodge
Through A Child’s Eyes
Together We Cope
Transitions Mental Health Services
Trinity UCC Child Care Program
UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
Union County Counseling Services, Inc.
United African Organization
United Way of Lake County
University Blackhawk Park School Linked Health
Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern IL
VNA Foundation
Voices for Illinois Children
Wabash County Health Department
WCI Center for Independent Living
WellSpring Resources
Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living
YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Young Invincible
Youth Service Bureau of Illinois Valley
Youth Service Bureau Springfield
YWCA of Quincy
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