CHICAGO, IL â€“ A diverse coalition of faith and organization leaders representing The Alliance For Budget Equity (ABE) is holding a â€œDay of Actionâ€ protest rally, 10 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2015, at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph Chicago, to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner to restore $205 million in budget cuts.
While giving a $100 million corporate tax break to the 1 percent like eBay, CapitalOne, CDW and SAC Wireless, â€œGov. Rauner has cut the lifeline to our community and faith based programs which are vital to our children, seniors and the most vulnerable Illinoisans.â€
Rauner has slashed $18 million from the Chicago Coalition of the Homeless affecting 12,500 people, a 55 percent cut for homeless youth services impacting 1,326 youth, a cut of $ 1 million for homeless prevention, slashed $14.1 million for supportive housing (disabled people), eliminated funds to educate homeless students who number more than 59,112 as of FY09, $1 million for children suffering from autism, $3.1 million from the Teen REACH program, $94,000 from the Westside Health Authority, $3.4 million from the Immigrant Integration Services, $87,500 from the Latino Outreach; $250,000 from the Coalition F/Tech-Assist child program, and over $6 million from a program that covers the costs for those too poor to pay for their loved ones to have a proper burial.
â€œWe are very concerned about the cuts that Rauner has proposed to vital services that help homeless families get off the streets and become independent,â€ said Julie Dworkin, director of Policy for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. â€œThese are life-saving services and theyâ€™ve already been subject to budget cuts over the years. They really cannot afford to cut back anymore.â€
â€œThe proposed budget cuts will only further devastate our communities. In June of 2013, I attempted to access emergency rental assistance through the state Homeless Prevention program.Â Â However, I was turned down because of the lack of available funds which contributed to my current homelessness.Â If Raunerâ€™s cuts go through, even more people will be turned away and it will only create more homelessness,â€ said Charles Austin, a formerly homeless leader with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
The â€œDay of Actionâ€ protest rally will be held Monday, May 4, 2015, 10 a.m. at the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. The Coalition is urging Gov. Rauner to â€œRestore the cuts, and stop balancing the budget on the backs of the poor.â€
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