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by Ellyn Fortino
2:21pm
Wed Jun 8, 2016

National Anti-Poverty Group 'Alarmed' By Caseload Decline In Illinois' Welfare Program

Officials with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law are expressing concern over the declining caseload in Illinois' welfare program. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:18pm
Fri Jun 3, 2016

Workers, Advocacy Groups Decry Overtime Restrictions For Illinois Home Care Providers (UPDATED)

A coalition of worker and advocacy groups is urging the Rauner administration to reconsider new overtime restrictions impacting in-home care providers for Illinoisans with disabilities. The organizations released a white paper this week, warning that the overtime policy is "disrupting the care system and harming workers, consumers and families."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:58pm
Mon Apr 4, 2016

Illinois Religious Leaders Call For Peaceful Resolution In State Employee Contract Negotiations (UPDATED)

On the 48th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Illinois religious leaders urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and the legislature on Monday to resolve state employee contract negotiations in a "peaceful manner."

Monday marks 48 years since King was killed in Memphis, where he was supporting striking sanitation workers represented by AFSCME.

The Rev. Robert Jones of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side joined other faith leaders and state workers, represented by AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, during a Monday morning press conference organized by Arise Chicago.

"We come together today because Dr. King's message of what government should be continues to resonate. We want Illinois to be a place where no one is left behind," Jones said at the Chicago Temple building. "We want Illinois to be a place where service providers are not demonized but cherished for their sacrifices that they make and respected for the professional services that they provide. This is the kind of Illinois that we want."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:48pm
Wed Oct 7, 2015

Parents, Daycare Providers Rail Against Rauner's Child Care Cuts At Chicago Hearing

Progress Illinois recaps Wednesday's state hearing in Chicago on the Rauner administration's changes to the Child Care Assistance Program, which have thus far resulted in nearly 5,000 children being denied access to state-subsidized daycare.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:48pm
Fri Aug 14, 2015

Child Care Advocates, Elected Officials: Time To Up The Pressure On Rauner Over Budget Cuts

Chicago parents and child care providers pledged Thursday to ramp up pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner over his cuts to a program that helps low-income working families afford daycare.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) joined child care workers and parents in denouncing Rauner's emergency changes to the Child Care Assistance Program during a town hall meeting hosted by SEIU* Healthcare Illinois at the Edgewater library.

"This is an attack on families," Harris said of the child care cuts. "It's an attack on working people. It's an attack on kids, and it's just wrong."

Schakowsky called Rauner's actions "mean-spirited."

"This is not an option to cut child care, freeze the admission and reduce eligibility," she stressed.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
9:55pm
Mon Aug 10, 2015

Child Care Advocates Rally Against Budget Impasse, Call Rauner A 'Budget Bully' (VIDEO)

Gov. Bruce Rauner is a "budget bully," according to a group of child care advocates and Illinois legislators who rallied in Chicago on Monday against the state's ongoing budget impasse and changes to the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

"Ladies and gentlemen, this governor is out of control," said state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago). "There are certain things that you're not supposed to mess with. You're not supposed to mess with my child."

Flowers joined other members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and Child Care Advocates United, an association of about 300 Illinois child care providers, at a rally outside of the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St.

As they called on Rauner to find additional revenue to pass a balanced budget, the ralliers decried new CCAP eligibility requirements that went into effect after the state entered the 2016 fiscal year on July 1 without a spending plan.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Wed Jun 24, 2015

Service Reductions, Layoffs Imminent Without A 'Responsible' State Budget, Say Illinois Community Providers (VIDEO)

Gathering at the Thompson Center Wednesday morning, dozens of community providers, people who depend on their services and leaders with the Responsible Budget Coalition urged Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers to enact a "fair budget" in short order that includes adequate revenue to avert deep cuts to vital programs. Service providers detailed the potential program cuts and layoffs that could occur if a "responsible budget" is not adopted by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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