Childcare Network of Evanston has joined a coalition of more than 300 nonprofit organizations across Illinois in calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly to work together to pass a fair, adequate and fully-funded Fiscal Year 2016 budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1. Click here to view the letter.
A letter from the nonprofits—representing a cross-section of education, health and human services organizations—was hand delivered today, Tuesday, June 30, to Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Leader Durkin, and Leader Radogno, along with many other legislative and administrative leaders. The letter highlights the devastating impact budget inaction has and will continue to have on the non-profits and the children and adults who rely on their programs and support, as well as those services provided directly by the state.
Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of the delivery of state services to families who rely on childcare assistance; individuals with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities; senior citizens; children and adults with mental illnesses; individuals with HIV; and many more.
In addition to the services nonprofits provide on behalf of the state, community-based organizations are significant contributors to the local economy, employing thousands as well as buying goods and services from other local businesses. With July 1 quickly approaching and no state budget in place, nonprofits across the state have no choice but to contemplate and, in some cases execute, plans to terminate services, lay off staff and close service sites.