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Associate Board boosts fundraising, services and membership in 2016

February 9, 2017

For the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Associate Board, a leadership group for people ages 21-35 who want to make an impact on health equity in Chicago, the word of the year for 2016 was IMPACT. Together, this group of young professionals from across Chicago amplified their work and lived into AFC's mission through a variety of efforts. "My favorite aspects of being involved...
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BudgetWatch: Gov. Rauner's State of the State

February 1, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations   Greetings all, I just thought I would provide a quick update on what happened during this week of session in Springfield. Governor’s State of the State The governor addressed a joint session of the General Assembly (GA) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, where he highlighted what he believes to be the successes of his...
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Trump's first week: executive orders contrary to HIV policy and human rights

January 30, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) stands in solidarity with individuals and organizations in strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive orders. These orders aim to erode health care for 20 million people, including hundreds of thousands living with and vulnerable to HIV, and create an environment of prejudice and discrimination against people of color, immigrants, Muslims,...
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AFC responds to Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2017 State of the State Address

January 25, 2017

In his annual State of the State Address, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed the accomplishments of the past year, goals for the year ahead and how lawmakers must work together. Unfortunately, we’ve heard this before. Illinois’s most vulnerable residents can’t afford another year of empty promises and battles between the governor and the General Assembly, while those in need continue...
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ICYMI: Some of your favorite AFC stories from 2016

January 24, 2017

by Cotrell Loftin Over the past year, it’s been a pleasure to amplify the voices of so many HIV advocates, and to be heard by thousands of readers throughout 2016. The audience has spoken —here are the ten most viewed News and Inside Story posts from 2016. Share your favorites with a friend! 1.  Que No Estas Solo: Beto Comes out as an Undocumented Person Living...
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Illinois' state government: "A case of governmental dysfunction"

January 24, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago has debuted  its first issue brief  to kick off a new series covering statewide issues related to HIV prevention, education and care in Illinois. The brief, titled "The Illinois state budget impasse and HIV services: A case of governmental dysfunction," illuminates Illinois' current fiscal landscape and examines the state’s recent...
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BudgetWatch: Transition from 99th to 100th General Assembly

January 18, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to take a moment and update you all on the developments that transpired in Springfield last week as the 99 th General Assembly (GA) came to a close and the 100 th GA got started. Budget Update In the Lame Duck session, there were multiple efforts to address the budget situation in each...
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Seven ways that Chicago embraced World AIDS Day

December 29, 2016

Every Dec. 1 marks World AIDS Day, an annual opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV and show support for those living with and lost to HIV and AIDS-related illness. Many took to social media to voice their support and raise awareness. Check out World AIDS Day in seven posts from our friends and partners!   1.       This World AIDS...
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A vital link to HIV care and so much more

December 21, 2016

Darren is 56 years old. He walks with the assistance of a walker – the toll that physical labor and illness has had on his wiry frame is obvious, but it does not dampen his energy. Behind his smile are years of hardships. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Darren was one of ten children. His parents divorced when he was three, after his sister was kidnapped walking home from school. As...
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Next to - or better than - normal

December 12, 2016

Jeff Tomlinson is what you might call a “normal guy.” He was born and raised in rural Illinois; he has worked as a teacher in the U.S. and in other countries; he goes out and dates and volunteers. But he worries about things that some don’t have to worry about: as someone living with HIV who depends on vital, threatened programs like ADAP, he knows that his health care...
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