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United Way of Illinois 4th Agency State Budget Survey Results

After a Year with No State Budget, Fourth United Way of Illinois Survey Shows Accelerating Damage to Those in Need of Services, Sector Viability More than half of agency respondents anticipate they will have to cease serving clients in six months.

David Lloyd, Director of the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, details the impact to human services in recent Illinois budget analysis On March 9th, 2016, David Lloyd from Voices for Illinois Children led a webinar to the United Way of Illinois network to detail the current state budget proposal from Governor Rauner’s office and detail the history of our state fiscal policy which has led us to the current crisis.

Seven Months into State Budget Impasse, United Way of Illinois Survey Shows Extensive Cuts to Human Service Programs and Harm to Sector
A new survey conducted by United Way of Illinois, the statewide association of 52 local United Ways and the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, shows the deepening impact of the budget impasse on the most vulnerable citizens across Illinois and on the human service sector overall.

Human Service Agencies Already Cutting Services Amidst State Budget Stalemate
Many agencies face depleted cash reserves by September 1.

United Way of Illinois Agency Survey on the State Budget - High Level Findings

YEAR IN REVIEW 2014-2015

Public Policy 2014-2015 Year in Review
See United Way of Illinois' overview of public policy challenges and successes in 2014-2015.

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2015

Gov. Rauner Outlines Budget with Deep Cuts to Key Programs

Get to Know Members of Gov. Rauner’s Cabinet and Staff

Promote the Earned Income Tax Credit and Free Tax Preparation

2015 Public Policy Agenda Adopted at Mid-Year Meeting

Annual Lobby Day: April 15, 2015

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2014

New Administration Requires Renewed Engagement

January’s Tax-Rate Rollback Will Hurt Human Services

Deadlines Approaching for Health Insurance Marketplace

Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit to Help Working Families

Mid-Year Meeting: February 18th at the United Way of McLean County in Bloomington

Public Policy 2014 Year in Review

See our overview of public policy challenges and successes in 2014.

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2014

State’s FY ’15 Budget Spells Trouble for Future Funding of Human Services

Late Payments and Underfunding Plague Illinois Nonprofits

Advocacy Days Focus on Policies that Strengthen Nonprofits and Support Education

Advocacy Efforts Help Secure Funding for Community Schools

Annual Meeting: July 29th in Chicago

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2014

State Revenue Collapse Would Threaten Funding for Key Programs

Health Insurance Enrollment Rises across the U.S. and Illinois

United Way Supports Changes to Community Schools Grant Program

PE Classes are a Smart Addition to the School Day

Lobby Day: April 30

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2014

Uncertainty Over Illinois’s Finances a Concern for Human Services

State’s Backlog of Unpaid Bills Grows Again

Cuts to Food Stamps Hurt Rural Residents and Grocers

State Releases New School Report Card

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2013

Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid Expansion Began Oct. 1

United Way Urges Congress to End the Government Shutdown

Human Services Commission 2.0 Holds First Meeting

Meeting with U.S. Rep. Davis Focuses on VITA Act

United Way Sponsors Informational Sessions on New State Learning Standards

United Way Tells State Commission of Experience with Results-Based Budgeting

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2013

State Budget Preserves Human Services Funding

Medicaid Expansion Passes Both State Houses

United Way Supports Efforts to Educate about New Learning Standards

Peoria Gets 2-1-1 Service, Feasibility Studied for Chicagoland

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2013

United Way Pushes for Key Public Policy Initiatives During Annual Lobby Day

Medicaid Expansion Bill Passes Senate, Advocacy Now Focused on the House

United Way Asks Legislators to Consider ‘Statement on Transparency’

2-1-1 Illinois Expansion Continues with McHenry County

Contact Your Reps to Protect Charitable Giving

Expanding Medicaid will boost Illinois' economy

United Way of Illinois Statement of Transparency.

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2013

Bill in Illinois Senate Would Expand Medicaid Coverage to Thousands

United Way CEOs Advocate for Human Services on Capitol Hill

CALL TO ACTION: Our Voice in the Budget Debate

Earned Income Tax Credit Lets Working Families Keep More of Their Pay

Checks for Federal Benefits Switch to Electronic Payments in March

Core Coalition Illinois Launches Website about New Learning Standards

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2012

Gov. Quinn Declares December 2012 'United Way Month'

Advocacy Must Continue against Limiting Deductions on Charitable Contributions

United Way Testifies at Early Education Budget Hearing

Core Coalition Illinois Launches Website about New Learning Standards

PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2012

Looking Ahead to Legislative Sessions in Springfield and Washington D.C.
Pension reform will dominate the lame duck legislative session in Springfield while the preventing the fiscal cliff will be the focus in Washington, D.C. Both are major issues with that impact funding for human services.

Election Day: Make Your Voice Heard
Voting is the hallmark of democracy and a form of advocacy, too. Learn the difference between election activities as a private citizen and as a staff member of a nonprofit organization. And don’t forget to vote on Nov. 6!

2-1-1 Illinois Expansion Begins
United Way of Rock River Valley is the newest member of 2-1-1 referral line in Illinois. Since 2009, call volume at the three pilot sites has grown 27%. Plans are underway to expand 2-1-1 to 83 counties across the state.

Focus on HEALTH: Childhood Trauma Questions Will Be Added to State Health Risks Survey
Next year’s Behavioral Risk Surveillance System survey will include questions about childhood trauma, which has been linked to health challenges in adulthood. United Way and other advocates joined together to urge the Illinois Department of Public Health to make the change.

July - August 2012 Notes from the Field

2012 Annual Report

United Way of Illinois had a busy and productive past year. Read about it in our Annual Report.

Status of Health Reform

Learn about federal health care reform and its impact on Illinois.

Public Policy 2012 Year in Review

Check out our overview of public policy challenges and successes in 2012.

National Policy Update

Get a broader perspective on public policy in our national policy update from August 2012.

May - June 2012 Notes from the Field

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February - March 2012 Notes from the Field

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Governor Quinn's FY13 budget

Gov. Quinn's budget proposal, presented February 22, 2012, represents another year of difficult spending decisions that will impact Illinoisans throughout the state.

January 2012 Notes from the Field

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2011 Annual Report

United Way of Illinois had a busy and productive past year. Read about it in our Annual Report.

2011 Year in Review

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May-June 2011 Notes from the Field

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NEW: Analysis of the three proposals for the state's FY 2012 budget

A Voices for Illinois Children analysis compares budget proposals from the Governor's office, House and Senate as elected officials work to finalize the FY 2012 budget by the end of May. The Senate's version offers the most funding for human services.

March-April 2011 Notes from the Field

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2011 United Way of Illinois Public Policy Agenda

United Way of Illinois is please to share with you our 2011 public policy agenda.

January-February 2011 Notes from the Field

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2010 Annual Report

United Way of Illinois had a busy and productive past year. Read about it in our Annual Report.

2010 Year in Review

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2010 United Way of Illinois Public Policy Agenda

United Way of Illinois is please to share with you our 2010 public policy agenda.