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Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy. Put your faith into action!

$14 Million to Fund Violence Prevention

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The Chicago City Council will likely vote on how to spend $14 million in surplus funds at their February 22, 2017 meeting. Low participation in the city’s property tax rebate program has resulted in a surplus. CRS is joining community organizations across the city and calling on aldermen to use this unique opportunity to fund essential violence prevention programs, which invest in our youth and curb the violence devastating our communities.

Take Action: Tell your alderman to vote to invest every dollar of the property tax rebate program’s surplus on violence prevention initiatives.

 State Leaders: Propose a Complete Budget

Illinois’ stopgap spending plan expired on December 31, 2016. There will be no payments for services provided in 2017 until our Governor and lawmakers pass a budget.

The people of Illinois want public investments that allow communities to thrive like great schools, healthy families and safe streets. Businesses and organizations need a ready workforce and predictability to plan and grow. To make smart investments our elected leaders must pass a year-long fully funded state budget supported by adequate revenue.

Illinois has been without a budget for almost two years now. We have set a new record for the longest a state in the U.S. has gone without a budget. Social service agencies are closing their doors and our backlog of bills has reached over $11 billion. This is unacceptable. 

Take Action: Call on Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to set aside political agendas and present complete budget proposals that invest in Illinois families and communities.



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