Illinois has struggled without a budget for two years. Reboot Illinois maps and outlines the damage from the state’s backlog of unpaid bills totaling more than $14.5 billion.
New Mobile Phone App StreetLight Will Help Homeless Chicago Youth
Windy City Times, 11/11/2016
“We are excited that from the very first day it hits the streets,
the app will be helping some of the most vulnerable among us
access what most of us take for granted: food, shelter and healthcare,”
said Robert DiLeonardi, VNA Foundation’s executive director.
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS), with support from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioners Bridget Gainer, Jesús “Chuy” Garcia and Robert Steele and the county wide Healthy Communities Cook County (HC3) Coalition, is launching a coordinated health program for uninsured individuals who live in Cook County.
The APHA Public Health Funder Network will sponsor several activities at APHA 2016. Join us!
Even though the Affordable Care Act has helped thousands of previously uninsured obtain healthcare coverage, the need for free services continues. Illinois’ free and charitable clinics are #MeetingTheNeed.
Learn more about the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, and the 2nd Annual Clinics Week.
Learn more about gun violence prevention and find other resources, including a new fact sheet from the American Public Health Association.
In response to Gov. Rauner’s Feb. 17 budget address:
Forefront was disheartened to hear Governor Rauner’s Feb. 17 state budget address.
The governor stressed the damage forced on our state by irresponsible budgeting practices like borrowing to pay for services, disinvesting in the wellbeing of our communities and overall “kicking the can down the road,” while suggesting more of the same: that is, focusing on reforms important to the governor instead of focusing on crafting a budget that adequately funds the organizations who build the strength of our residents and communities.
Neither political party can claim to support the citizens of this state while carrying on without a budget. The short-term pain is devastating to our communities and the long-term pain will be felt by all taxpayers for years to come. The longer we wait for a budget that adequately funds services that are necessary to support individuals at all stages of life, the longer it will take to rebuild the infrastructure we are destroying by starving it of resources.
Everyone in Illinois is affected by this budget stalemate, whether or not they feel the effects. We were glad to hear the governor call our state’s situation an emergency and we agree.
This stalemate should be treated as such, and elected officials should do everything in their power to craft a budget that adequately funds services that add value to our communities immediately.
— The Policy Team at Forefront