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Sara Feigenholtz
Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
Thu Mar 18, 2010

Save ADAP, Save Lives

When lawmakers talk about protecting "crucial state services," funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs like the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) should be at the top of the list. "Withdrawing any of the provisions of the program right now," Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) said at a Springfield press conference yesterday, "would literally be a death sentence to its clients."

Feigenholtz joined an array of lawmakers and HIV/AIDS awareness advocates to push for SB 3821, an appropriations bill that would send $18 million in new funding towards prevention and medical programs for low-income patients in Illinois. Just over $10 million would flow into ADAP, which has seen a huge uptick in enrollment since the recession hit. Another $7.4 million would restore funding for prevention and housing services that was redirected this year to cover medical costs for new ADAP enrollees. It's obiously a tough time to request additional funding for any program.  But the AIDS Foundation of Chicago estimates that Gov. Pat Quinn's FY 2011 budget proposal underfunds HIV services by $22 million.

Below are some highlights from yesterday's press conference, in which participants stressed the importance of the state's HIV services:

Quick Hit
by Angela Caputo
Wed Jan 27, 2010

AIDS Drug Assistance Program Under Seige

Currently, 4,600 Illinoisans rely on the Illinois AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), with over 100 additional people -- many of them unemployed -- applying each month.  To meet an anticipated 15 percent surge in enrollees this year, the state is now being forced to cut back on another important service: HIV prevention.  Last week, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) convened a public hearing in Chicago to brainstorm "a balanced and sustainable solution to this public health emergency.”  David Ormsby has more on the latest casualty of the state budget crisis.

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
Fri Mar 27, 2009

Quigley's Seat To Be Filled On April 11

After endorsing Mike Quigley in the 5th Congressional District special election today (no surprise there), the Chicago Tribune editorial board goes on to note that Quigley's successor on the county board will be chosen at an April 11 public meeting of the Democratic ...