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|Organizations Unhappy About Illinois Budget Woes
|While legislative leaders continue to try and work out a balanced budget, some state advocacy groups fear they could be left out in the cold. Eleven of the state's largest advocacy groups have joined together in an effort to urge lawmakers to keep their funding, as passed, in place.
The groups claim that the budget, as it stands now, includes $105 million of overdue funding increases that provide advances in housing, health services and children's programs. "It's critical that our state budget retain substantial new investments in children's well-being and in the families that need help with their health care and housing," said Sean Noble, director of government relations for Voices for Illinois Children.
Areas affected by the budget:
* $85 million for needy children, including $32.5 million for preschool and early childhood programs and $45 million for childcare reimbursements for low-income families.
* $10 million for housing and homelessness, including $3 million for school programs serving homeless students and $1.7 million for housing and job training for unaccompanied youth.
* $7.5 million for cash grant increases Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
* $3.5 million for health-related projects, including $2 million for school-based health centers and $1.5 million for AIDS drug assistance and HIV testing.
Advocacy Groups Involved:
* AIDS Foundation of Chicago
* Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
* Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
* Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Illinois
* Heartland Alliance
* Illinois Action for Children
* Ounce of Prevention Fund
* Protestants for the Common Good
* Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
* Supportive Housing Providers Association
* Voices for Illinois Children
|06 12 08 by Newsroom
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