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Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts

June 18, 2009

Dear Bridge Friends,

When the Illinois General Assembly left Springfield on June 1, they left with their jobs undone and their obligations unmet.  One of the primary obligations for elected officials of both parties is a shared responsibility to enact a budget that meets the state’s moral and legal obligation to protect public safety, safeguard public health, strengthen our economy, and ensure every child has the educational opportunity they deserve. 

Privately, lawmakers from both parties recognize the need to raise additional revenue due to both the downturn in state revenues caused by the current economic crisis and a state structural budget deficit that dates back over several administrations.  But publicly, both have failed to do what is necessary, instead leaving a massive budget hole and resorting to political finger-pointing about who is to blame.

Even though the disagreements among legislators are the same as we see every year, this year is different.  In prior years when a budget impasse was reached our legislators stayed working in Springfield until a budget compromise was reached.  This year members passed a budget on time, but it is a budget that forced many services to be cut 50% to 100%. 

Illinois families, who depend on services such as home care for seniors and day care for children, are being held hostage to politics, agencies we partner with throughout the state are facing devastating cuts to their ability to deliver vital services to the public. Unlike the state, they are not able to wait to the fall legislative session to meet their fiscal obligations. Failure of the state to fund programs now, means that people will begin to lose essential services now

While Bridge Communities will see a reduction in our grant for case management services from the state, we are particularly concerned about the threat to other vital services our clients depend on. Cuts in subsidized child care alone, would put jobs in jeopardy for most of our clients. This is a critical element in helping our homeless families reach financial independence.

As we approach the new fiscal year and the real possibility of a Doomsday budget, we need your help and leadership in demanding that lawmakers from both parties stop the finger-pointing, set aside partisan politics and work together to craft a responsible budget.

We are also asking you to call both your State Senator and your State Representative and seek their help to avert this disaster, with the following messages:

Cutting public services in the midst of an economic crisis is irresponsible.

The worst economic downturn in memory and the highest unemployment rate in decades mean that the need for state supported services is greater than ever.  To substantially reduce such funding, even given the state strained budgetary dollars, is to default on state’s constitutional obligations to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people, eliminate poverty and inequality while providing for the fullest development of the individual.   The need for health care, education, income assistance and family services, among others, is increasing and state support for them should as well. 

Cutting vital preventative programs will cost taxpayers more in the long run and make our economy worse.

Study-after-study shows that every dollar invested in the state’s prevention programs saves taxpayers an average of $6 to $8 down the road.  For example: One in 11 Illinois teens uses illegal drugs on a monthly basis, and the resulting special education costs account for more than 10% of our state’s education budget.  But instead of increasing our investment to prevent teen drug use, knowing that every dollar we invest in substance abuse prevention saves taxpayers $7 down the road, lawmakers have eliminated funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment altogether.

Also, on June 19th there is a Rally at 2PM in the courtyard outside the DuPage County Courthouse (west side of the Court buildings and the east side of 421 County Farm Road) in Wheaton.  

Everyone interested is asked to join ranks to show our legislators the impact that drastic state budget cuts will have on the lives of DuPage County residents. For more info you can email knelson@dupagefederation.org

 Following is the contact information for State officals: 

 Governor Pat Quinn

Springfield Office of the Governor

207 State House

Springfield, IL 62706

217-782-0244

888-261-3336 TTY

Chicago Office of the Governor

James R. Thompson Center

100 W. Randolph, 16-100

Chicago, IL 60601

312-814-2121

Email: http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm

 

Senate President

Senator John Cullerton

1051 West Belmont

Chicago, IL 60657

773-883-0770

773-296-0993 FAX

 

Speaker of the House

Speaker Michael Madigan

6500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
773-581-8000
773- 581-9414 FAX 

 

House Republican Leader

Representative Tom Cross

24047 W. Lockport Street, Suite 213

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-254-0000

815-609-3994 FAX

Senate Republican Leader

Senator Christine Radogno

410 Main Street

Lemont, IL 60439

630-243-0800

630-243-0808 FAX

Cradogno@SBCGlobal.com

Senator Dan Cronin

313 South Main St.

Lombard, IL 60148

630-792-0040

630-792-6820 FAX

SenatorCronin@aol.com

 

Senator Kirk Dillard

One South Cass Avenue, Suite 201

Westmont, IL 60559

630-969-0990

630-969-1007 FAX

Senator@KDillard.com

 

Senator Don Harmon

6933 W. North Avenue

Oak Park, IL 60302

708-848-2002

708-848-2022 FAX

SenatorHarmon@DonHarmon.org

Senator Randy Hultgren

1725 S. Naperville, Suite 200

Wheaton, IL 60189

630-682-8100

630-682-8108 FAX

RH@SenatorHultgren.com

 

Senator John Millner

290 Springfield Drive, Suite 225

Bloomingdale, IL 60108

630-351-9340

630-351-9370 FAX

JohnJMillner@aol.com

 

Senator Carole Pankau

One Tiffany Point, Suite G

Bloomingdale, IL 60108

630-582-0390

630-582-0391 FAX

Carole@Pankau.org

 

Representative Patricia Bellock (DuPage County)

1 S. Cass Avenue

Westmont Centre, Suite 205

Westmont, IL 60559

630-852-8633

630-852-6530 FAX

rep@pbellock.com

 

Representative Bob Biggins (DuPage County)

114 W. Vallette

Elmhurst, IL 60126

630-941-1278

630-941-1285 FAX

BobBiggins@comcast.net

 

Rep. Franco Coladipietro (DuPage County)

125 W. Lake Street

Bloomingdale, IL 60108

630-582-0045

630-582-0406 FAX

Franco@IL45.com

 

Rep. Michael Connelly (DuPage County)

25W380 Chicago Avenue, Suite 100

Naperville, IL 60540

630-579-4848

 

Rep. James Durkin (Cook County)

6404 West Joliet Road, Suite 203

Countryside, IL 60525

708-352-7700

708-352-7702 FAX

RepDurkin@hotmail.com

 

Rep. Mike Fortner (DuPage County)

135 Fremont St.

West Chicago, IL 60185

630-293-9344

630-293-9785 FAX

Mike.Fortner@sbcglobal.net

 Rep. Paul Froelich (Cook County)

15 W. Weathersfield Way

Schaumburg, IL 60193

847-985-9210

847-891-8772 FAX

StateRepPaul@sbcglobal.net

 

Rep. Randy Ramey (DuPage County)

1883 N. Neltnor Blvd

West Chicago, IL 60185

630-876-0703

630-231-3742 FAX

StateRepRamey55@aol.com

 

Rep. Dennis Reboletti (DuPage County)

50 East Oak Street, Suite 250

Addison, IL 60101

630-530-2730

630-530-2792 FAX

DennisReboletti@sbcglobal.net

 

Rep. Sandra Pihos (DuPage County)

799 E. Roosevelt Road

Building 2, Suite 111

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

630-858-8855

630-858-8857 FAX

Community@SandraPihos.com

 Rep. AngeloSaviano (Cook County)

14 Conti Parkway

Elmwood Park, IL 60707

708-453-7547

708-453-7594 FAX

Skip@SkipSaviano.com

 Rep. Diane Senger (DuPage County)

125 Water Street

Naperville, IL 60540

630-219-3090

630-219-3091 FAX

 

 Illinois House Republicans

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Twitter: ILHGOP

 

Illinois Senate Republicans

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Twitter: ILSenateGOP

 

Illinois Senate Democrats

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Twitter: ILSenDems

 

Illinois Senate Republican Caucus

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  1. May 16, 2010 9:44 pm

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