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Help Gov. Quinn Build a Responsible Budget

March 3, 2010

Governor Quinn released a preliminary budget outline on February 24 that highlights the consequences of the state budget disaster: $2 billion more in cuts to programs, a massive budget deficit, and $11 billion in unpaid bills. Taken together, the budget problems predict massive harm for vulnerable people, and particularly people with and at risk of HIV. READ MORE .
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Mark Ishaug: HIV Services Face Foreclosure: Will Illinois Leaders Come to the Rescue?

February 22, 2010

Illinois AIDS advocates expect to have difficult conversations with lawmakers in Springfield this week. Unless immediate actions are taken to remedy the state's spiraling budget crisis, vital HIV/AIDS services -- along with the state's educational, healthcare, and human service systems assisting millions of vulnerable children, families, disabled, elderly, and chronically ill individuals -- will...
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Illinois Legislators Crusade for Adequate HIV Funding

February 18, 2010

Five Illinois State Representatives today sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn requesting $44.06 million in HIV funding in the FY 2011 state budget, an increase of $18 million. Reps. Harry Osterman (D-Chicago), Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), Deborah Graham (D-Chicago), Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero) and Greg Harris (D-Chicago) are leading the funding request. READ MORE .
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Spotlight on State HIV Funding Crisis at State Panel

January 23, 2010

Long-time AIDS advocate State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) convened on January 22, 2010 an Illinois House panel on the state’s HIV funding crisis. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Illinois Public Health Association coordinated testimony. If additional state funding is not identified next fiscal year, advocates told the panel, hundreds of low-income people with HIV may be...
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2010 New Year's Resolution: Save HIV Services in Illinois from Financial Collapse

January 7, 2010

The state has a $26 billion budget this year. Next fiscal year, which begins in July, there will only $13 billion available. Without revenue reform, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) will be on the brink of collapse beginning in July, 2010. The challenges ahead are daunting, and the consequences are extraordinary for people with or at risk of HIV. Read more.. .
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Fiscal Year 2011 Illinois State Budget Crisis Threatens Health of People with HIV, Could Increase HIV Cases

January 1, 2010

It’s this simple: State operations cost $26 billion per year, but the state is projected to collect revenue totaling just $13 billion in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2010. Unless lawmakers identify new revenue to close this colossal deficit, hundreds of people will lose life-saving HIV medications, thousands will be denied essential services, and tens of thousands will go without prevention...
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Daley Proposes 4% City HIV Funding Trim

October 27, 2009

CHICAGO (October 21, 2009)—Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley proposed today a 12 percent reduction in city-funded public health services in Chicago’s 2010 budget. While HIV programs were largely spared, the Mayor’s plan recommends a 4 percent funding reduction for HIV services. “Communities under siege because of the recession need public health services now more than ever,"...
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A Tribute to a Legendary Advocacy Dynamo: Hector Hernandez

September 28, 2009

By Jim Pickett, Director of Public Policy Hector fundraising on Michigan Ave. to attend the Campaign to End AIDS event in Washington, DC In the time I have been doing HIV/AIDS advocacy work, I can honestly say I have never come...
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HIV/AIDS Community Mourns Passing of Beth Wehrman

November 5, 2008

This week the HIV/AIDS community lost one of its longtime heroines, Beth Wehrman. Beth was an avid advocate for and provider of lifesaving harm reduction services for some of the most vulnerable in numerous communities in Illinois. Through her agency LifeGuard, Beth ensured that people who injected drugs in the Quad Cities and all the way down to Peoria, had the information and tools necessary...
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AFC Celebrates the Life of the Honorable Larry McKeon

June 18, 2008

Illinois’ HIV/AIDS community suffered a sudden and tragic loss today as word came of the passing of longtime advocate and former Illinois General Assembly member Larry McKeon. McKeon made history as the first openly gay member of the Illinois General Assembly and the first openly HIV positive legislator in Illinois. On May 20, 2008, the House of Representatives held...
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