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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:24pm
Fri Aug 19, 2016

Youth Incarceration Costs Illinois 29 Times More Than Community-Based Alternatives, Report Shows

A new report finds that youth incarceration costs Illinois 29 times more than the community-based alternative, Redeploy Illinois.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:25pm
Tue Jun 21, 2016

Kids Count Report: Child Well-Being A Mixed Bag In Illinois

A new report shows some good and bad news on how children are faring in Illinois.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:44pm
Tue Apr 26, 2016

Children At Risk: Protections Needed To Improve Welfare Of Youth With Incarcerated Parents

Having a parent in jail or prison can have the same impact on a child's well-being as abuse or domestic violence, according to a new report that is pushing for the expansion of support services to families affected by incarceration.

Children of incarcerated parents face increased risks of financial and emotional instability, the new study, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, reports.

"Incarceration breaks up families, the building blocks of our communities and nation," reads the study. "It creates an unstable environment for kids that can have lasting effects on their development and well-being."

Some 186,000 kids in Illinois, representing 6 percent of the state's child population, have a parent who has served time behind bars. Nationally, 5 million kids, or 7 percent of the child population, have had a parent in jail or prison during their childhood, according to the research, based on data from 2011 and 2012.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:46pm
Wed Feb 17, 2016

Rauner Gives Dems An Ultimatum During State Budget Address As Stalemate Continues

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his second annual budget address Wednesday, even though the state has yet to enact a spending plan for the fiscal year that started more than seven months ago. Progress Illinois provides highlights from and reaction to the address, during which the governor gave Democrats a budget ultimatum.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:12pm
Tue Jan 26, 2016

Illinois Social Service Advocates Speak Out Ahead Of Gov. Rauner's State Of The State Address

Ahead of Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address, members of the Responsible Budget Coalition drew attention to the negative impacts of the ongoing Illinois budget impasse. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:22pm
Tue Sep 1, 2015

College Student Advocates Press For MAP Funding As State Budget Impasse Continues

As Illinois enters its third month without a budget, college student advocates want state funds freed up for the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

The need-based grant program helps low-income Illinois students pay for tuition at more than 130 colleges and universities in the state.

With college students gearing up for fall classes, MAP grants for up to 130,000 eligible applicants this school year are entangled in the Springfield budget standoff.

As a result, there is "a lot of confusion among students and a lot of uncertainly as to whether they'll be able to afford to return to school this fall," said Eve Rips, Midwest director at Young Invincibles, a Millennial research and advocacy group.

"These students who aren't getting MAP funding are all truly in a place where paying for college is going to be very difficult," she added.

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