Pass a Positive Budget is a community-driven campaign that fights for a fair and positive budget for both FY16 and FY17. The health and lives of individuals living with and impacted by HIV face serious threats this year. Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget promises cuts to the services and programs that keep HIV-positive people healthy. Our communities will not tolerate slashing such essential programs and services. Instead, we will fight back, speak out and demand that Illinois pass a positive budget!
Governor Rauner has proposed yet another destructive budget to HIV services. His budget contains a $8 million slash to HIV funding line representing a 28% cut from the FY15 budget and a reduction in funding for the African American HIV/AIDS Response Act by 66% in FY15 to $500,000. The governor’s budget also proposes other devastating cuts to critical services that affect people living with HIV, mostly prominently supportive housing, mental health, substance abuse and child care.
AFC and our coalition partners are dedicated to building support to solve the budget crisis that has been plaguing Illinoisans for far too long.
Read our press release on the proposed budget.
Read how the budget will affect access to PrEP in Illinois.
Download the HIV Budget Fact Sheet, Illinois Impact Fact Sheet and the Responsible Budget Coalition Human Impact Fact Sheet. - Coming Soon!
Join the AIDS Foundation of Chicago for our annual Advocacy Days and tell your legislators to pass a #PositiveBudgetIL. Click here for more information.
This February, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed yet another destructive budget to the HIV community for the coming year, still without a budget in place for our current fiscal year. This budget promises cuts to the services and programs that keep HIV-positive people healthy. Our communities will not tolerate slashing such essential programs and services.
The governor and members of the General Assembly must work to enact a revenue solution that resolves our state’s fiscal issues. We must fight back, speak out and demand that Illinois pass a positive budget!
Send a message to your legislators urging them to stop these devastating budget cuts and to pass a positive budget.
This week, both the House and the Senate unanimously passed a stopgap appropriation to give some relief to human services throughout the state who have been struggling to keep their doors open. This bill, SB 2038, now sits on Governor Bruce Rauner's desk for his approval. We must make sure that he signs it.
Stay up-to-date on the Illinois state budget crisis and AFC's other policy efforts by reading our weekly BudgetWatch blog written by our director of government relations, Daniel Frey.
The fight against Governor Bruce Rauner’s devastating budget cuts to HIV services and programs continues with a second fiscal year proposed budget that includes more funding cuts. We encourage you to help others understand and take a stand against these cuts by sharing these budget infographics on social media using #PositiveBudgetIL and #AdvocatesAssemble.
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We are sorry to announce that the North Side Budget Town hall has been canceled. If you need further information or would like to schedule a budget advocacy training session with your organization or group, please contact Maxx Boykin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webinar: "Unpacking the state budget crisis"
This webinar with AFC policy expert, Director of Government Relations Daniel Frey provides up-to-date information on how the state budget cuts will affect millions of vulnerable Illinoisans.