The Arc has signed on to this letter to the Governor and the Legislative Leaders.

This matter is of the highest importance. Following letter is a sign on letter from non-
profit agencies to Governor Rauner and the four legislative leaders imploring them to
adopt a fully funded state budget with adequate revenue before July 1. The letter
recounts the heavy impact being imposed by fiscal uncertainty on clients and
communities served by the signatories.

Read the letter and if you are authorized to sign on behalf of your organization submit
your information here.  While we will ask for your contact information, only the
organization’s name will be listed on the letter.

Because this is an urgent situation, we are asking that you sign on by close of business
Thursday, June 25. Please forward this email widely to any other organizations you
think might have interest.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Nadeen Israel (nisrael@everthriveil.org) or Ireta Gasner (igasner@theounce.org).

Dan Lesser
Director, Economic Justice
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
50 E. Washington, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602
312.368.2005
danlesser@povertylaw.org
www.povertylaw.org

Tony

June 29, 2015

Dear Governor Rauner, Speaker Madigan, President Cullerton, Leader Durkin, and
Leader Radogno:

As Illinois organizations deeply concerned about the state’s responsibilities and
obligations to serve children, families, and communities, we write to urge you to work
together to pass a fair, adequate and fully funded Fiscal Year 2016 budget, that
raises the revenues needed to ensure ongoing access to services and supports,
before the new fiscal year begins on July 1st. As the leaders of this great state, we
ask that you lead the way in setting aside differences and partnering together in
order to pass a budget that is fair and meets the needs of Illinois.

Without a fully-funded budget in place by July 1st, the children and adults who rely
on the services many of our organizations provide, as well as those services provided
directly by the state, will ultimately be the ones who shoulder the consequences.
Almost every line item in the budget carries with it a similar weight and importance.
The people of Illinois depend on the state to pass a budget and fund the programs
they rely upon.  Families who rely on childcare assistance, individuals with physical,
developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities, children and adults with mental
illnesses, individuals with HIV – these are our friends, families, and neighbors who
rely on a fully funded state budget.

Non-profit organizations are the backbone of the delivery of state services to these
populations and are also left to struggle with the consequences of the lack of
agreement on the budget. In addition to the services non-profits provide on behalf
of the state, non-profit 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 1st quickly approaching and no state budget in place, non-profit
organizations and their boards of directors are wrestling with uncertainty. Lacking
direction from state agencies, non-profits have no idea how much state funding they
can expect or when that funding might begin.
As a result, non-profits 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.
Organizations, their staff, and the families and communities they serve will absorb
the costs of these actions. These are the same organizations that have for decades
worked on the state’s behalf to ensure the availability of these services. If the state
defaults on its responsibility to provide non-profits with some level of fiscal certainty
and adequate funding so that they can operate using sound business practices, we
all pay the price in the short and long-term.

We strongly urge the General Assembly and Governor Rauner to come together and
find agreement to provide the revenue needed to fund a Fiscal Year 2016 budget
that invests in the people of this great state. We certainly stand ready to assist our
state’s leadership in this effort in any way that we can.

Signed,


Tony Paulauski
Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423
815-464-1832 (OFFICE)
 
Tony@thearcofil.org