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BudgetWatch: End of session and still no budget

June 13, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Just a quick update of the happenings in Springfield regarding state government since my last update early on May 31. Substantive Bills HB 6213 , our MCO quality bill, was unanimously concurred with in the House on May 31, and thus passed both houses of the legislature. That bill, along with HB 4554 (mandated PrEP Medicaid...
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Kasey White: A leader and advocate for youth experiencing homelessness

June 7, 2016

by Malary Gregory Kasey White is a student and advocate for homeless youth in Chicago, specifically those who identify with the LGBTQ community. She has been featured in the documentary Homestretch, which followed three homeless youth living in Chicago as they navigated completing high school and building their futures. In 2014, she was awarded with the Windy City Times’ 30 Under...
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Legendary same gender-loving pride celebration returns; powered by Black, HIV and LGBTQ agencies

June 6, 2016

Thousands are expected to attend this year’s Pride at Montrose event on Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Cricket Hill near Montrose Harbor. This year, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Brother’s Health Collective, Affinity Community Services, and Black Treatment Advocates Network, in partnership with AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)’s...
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11 months without a budget, AFC says Governor and General Assembly hold HIV services hostage

June 1, 2016

On May 31, the Illinois General Assembly adjourned its regular session without passing a state budget. Today marks 11 months without a budget, further threatening HIV testing and prevention services, care for people with HIV, supportive housing for formerly homeless people and other vital services. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is dismayed that in those 11 months, the legislature...
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BudgetWatch: As the legislative session ends today, the budget situation is a bit of a mess

May 31, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, just a quick update on the situation occurring down here in Springfield. Today is the last day this year that legislation can be passed with a simple majority.  Starting tomorrow, a super majority, meaning 3/5 of representatives and senators, will be needed to approve any substantive or appropriative legislation...
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Jeanette seeks a place to call home

May 26, 2016

by Eryn MacNeil The apartment is dimly lit, but spacious. There isn’t much decoration, but it’s well-kept. It’s a short walk up in a neat brick building on a tree-lined street. Today, the shades are drawn, but on the weekends the apartment is filled with children. Jeanette Thomas spent several years being homeless, battling addiction, and was recently diagnosed with breast...
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Her win, Illinois' loss

May 19, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy I knew my meeting last week with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was going to be a smashing success when I and 19 other representatives of more than 70 HIV organizations introduced ourselves as a bunch of policy wonks and Secretary Clinton replied, “Well, you know that’s a term of endearment to me.”...
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"I made it through the storm": George Scroggins and the act of moving forward

May 18, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine Access to Care is an in-home substance use counseling program run through the AIDS Foundation of Chicago in partnership with housing agencies across the city. George Scroggins became the first client of Access to Care in 2015, and he believes that the case management and housing services he receives from AFC and Heartland Alliance saved his life.  ...
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10 movies about HIV/AIDS recommended by AFC staff

May 13, 2016

by Ashley Slupski HIV is not an easy topic to discuss for many of us. However, misinformation about HIV and the people living with the disease continue to fuel stigma. We must talk openly about HIV to increase awareness in our communities and decrease stigma and shame often associated with HIV. AFC staff pulled together 10 movies we think will get the conversation started about HIV...
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AFC, Howard Brown Health commend IL Medicaid's plans to review HIV therapies

May 9, 2016

UPDATE: Read the letter AFC and Chicago-area clinicians submitted to Illinois Medicaid urging unrestricted access to HIV medications. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Howard Brown Health commend the recent announcement by Felicia Norwood, director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), that the department will conduct a comprehensive review of...
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