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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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