FY 2015 Budget Fix

Yesterday, the House passed and sent to the Senate a set of Supplemental Appropriation bills which provide about $1.6 billion to fix problems in the FY15 state budget which jeopardized services such as childcare, elementary and secondary ed, mental health, court reporters and Department of Corrections funding.   80%  ($1.35 billion) of this was achieved with… [Continue Reading]

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Rauner blasted for proposed cuts in cancer screening program

Without the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Janna Sullivan says she almost certainly would have delayed or avoided getting the screening X-ray that found cancer in her right breast and led to successful treatment nearly five years ago. Sullivan, a Springfield resident, was 61 at the time and was uninsured while she worked a… [Continue Reading]


Violence Prevention Background Information

Violence Prevention Task Force – Members Report on Sandy Hook: Office of the Child Advocate: Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School: Danbury State’s Attorney Report on Sandy Hook Elementary School: Connecticut State Police Reports on Sandy Hook: FBI Report on Active Shooter Incidents 2000-2013:  


Days After Rauner Proposes Mental Health Cuts, Madigan’s Violence Prevention Task Force Begins

During his inauguration speech, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announced a new mission — figuring out what Illinois can do to prevent violence, like mass shootings at schools. A bipartisan task force formed to study the issue will meet for the first time today in Chicago. Look back at the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary… [Continue Reading]


Lawmakers form school shootings task force

By DON BABWIN The Associated Press CHICAGO – A task force of Illinois lawmakers looking at ways to prevent school shootings by helping mentally ill children before they lash out violently met for the first time Monday. During a meeting in which educators, police, mental health professionals and first lady Diana Rauner told of what… [Continue Reading]


Lawmakers’ School Shootings Task Force Has First Meeting

CHICAGO (CBS) – State lawmakers have begun a new effort to figure out strategies for heading off school shootings, like the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, when a gunman killed 20 students and 6 staff. Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), who chairs the bipartisan Violence Prevention Task Force, said it’s important to understand the… [Continue Reading]


State, local efforts combine to prevent school violence

By Dan Moran News­Sun FEBRUARY 23, 2015, 8:30 PM As local school districts and public­safety officials move onward with initiatives to prevent violence from reaching classrooms, state lawmakers have announced plans to work with mental health professionals to help children with mental illness in the hopes of preventing school shootings. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan… [Continue Reading]


Critics: Medicaid services that Rauner wants cut actually save money

By Wes Venteicher Chicago Tribune FEBRUARY 18, 2015, 8:36 PM Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed $1.47 billion in Medicaid cuts includes reductions in dental services, mental health care and other coverage. But some legislators and patient advocates say the targeted services don’t just help keep people healthy — they also save the state money. The proposed… [Continue Reading]


Advocates and politicians react to proposed budget cuts

In his Feb. 18 address, Gov. Bruce Rauner opened by comparing to the occasion to president Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. “While the challenges before us are very different from those that faced our 16th president, here, in the land of Lincoln, we recognize that the road ahead—our road to a more prosperous… [Continue Reading]


Gov. Rauner’s Proposed Budget Cuts

  Governor Bruce Rauner just presented his budget speech to the General Assembly. You will find below a quick snapshot of the cuts he is proposing. This list is by no means inclusive, but will give you an indication of the challenges that lie ahead.  I am committed to passing a responsible budget but oppose… [Continue Reading]