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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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BudgetWatch: Some progress on FY 16 human services and higher education budgets

April 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to update you all on some of the developments that occurred during the week of April 18, in Springfield. It was Third Reading deadline week, meaning all bills that originated in either house needed to be passed out by the end of the day Friday in order to be considered in the opposite house moving forward...
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BudgetWatch: Important bills pass out of committees, little budget news

April 14, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good morning everyone, I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you all on a busy week in Springfield. It was committee deadline week, and as such many pieces of legislation came up for an initial vote. This was a week of movement on substantive bills, but there is also a little budget news.  Let’s dive right in to it!...
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BudgetWatch: Advocates take to digital media to fight for #PositiveBudgetIL

April 1, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone!  Though the legislature has not been in session for a few weeks now, AFC has been busy in preparing for their return to Springfield on Monday, April 5. Virtual Advocacy Days AFC held its second Virtual Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 23.  Over 100 individuals and organizations took to...
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BudgetWatch: What the AFSCME ruling means for humans services in IL

March 25, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! I just wanted to take a quick moment to update you on the March 24 Illinois Supreme Court ruling on AFSCME back pay, and how that might affect the budget process moving forward. The ruling dealt with an issue that arose back in 2011, in which former Governor Pat Quinn refused to give AFSCME workers a wage...
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BudgetWatch: $3.8 billion spending bill authorized by Senate

March 18, 2016

by Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill designed to get billions of dollars to universities, college students and a variety of human-services programs. The Democrat-dominated Senate approved the bill SB2059 on a 39-18 vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. Two Republicans did not vote....
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BudgetWatch: The lead-up to IL primary and spring break

March 4, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon, everyone! This week in Springfield was the last of the House’s session days before the March 15 primary and an elongated spring break. While there was some movement surrounding an appropriations bill for human services and higher education, ultimately it appears that we are no closer to a resolution to our current...
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