Media Coverage of Illinois Budget

Since the beginning of 2015, the disability community has engaged in a fight to preserve and build state services and programs that support people with disabilities living in their own homes and communities.

The fight started with Governor Rauner’s announcement of his proposed FY 16 Budget, which included massive cuts to Home Services and other programs that support independence. Those cuts are still on the table and they are coupled with the failure of Illinois to reach an agreement and pass a budget. Below are a few stories on disability issues within the context of the Illinois Budget.

Opinion piece authored by Marca Bristo of Access Living and Bob Gallo of AARP, published by the State Journal Register , October 1, 2015. Decisive Action by Rauner needed for Illinois seniors, disabled

Rauner wants to cut services for 34,000, Illinois Times, August 27, 2015. Read story at this link

Some State Services for Illinois Elderly, Disabled in Limbo, Associated Press, July 17, 2015 Click here for story

Illinois Disability Community Feeling Impact of State Budget Stalemate, Progress Illinois, July 15, 2015 Click here to read story

Brown: Tax rollback saved millions for wealthy, but could cost Jimmie Yarbrough much more, Chicago Sun-Times, May 12, 2015 Click here for story

Disability Advocates Deliver Coffin to Rauner, Progress Illinois, April 9, 2015 Click here for story

Senate Democrats emerge as top foes of Rauner Budget Cuts, Chicago Tribune, March 16, 2015
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