Just Economy for Safe Communities

We are working in two areas to invest in our communities and make them safer by partnering with: (1) the Responsible Budget Coalition to pass the Fair Tax, which would bolster our economy and raise billions in revenue to fund schools and social services—all while helping ensure the wealthy pay their fair share; and (2) the End Money Bond Coalition to end money bond in Illinois and reduce pretrial incarceration.

Responsible Budget Coalition

Community Renewal Society is a member of the Responsible Budget Coalition, which is a large and diverse coalition of more than 300 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. The RBC is a non-partisan, trusted source of information on state budget and tax policy and a leader in the fight to pass a budget that chooses revenue over cuts to vital services. The individual organizations that belong to the RBC represent a diverse range of interests but are united by these three common principles:

  • Adequate revenue to support state priorities and make smart investments

  • No more cuts to vital programs and services

  • Fairness in raising revenue

A Fair Tax, with lower rates for the middle class and higher rates for higher incomes, will help to ensure Illinois' financial stability and get our fiscal house in order. The Illinois income tax structure is poorly designed and unsustainable. Illinois needs a long-term solution to our state's fiscal problems, now. Join Community Renewal Society and our partners in the Responsible Budget Coalition in advocating for the Fair Tax now!

Legislative Priority: SJCRA 1 – Fair Tax (Sen. Don Harmon)
Twitter: #FairTaxNow

The Coalition to End Money Bond

The Coalition to End Money Bond is calling on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices to end money bond and dramatically reduce pretrial incarceration across the state. The Commission will be making formal recommendations on the future of Illinois' pretrial justice system in December 2019. Currently, the commission is not open to the public and includes only one community representative.

Join the Coalition to End Money Bond in calling on the commission to hold a public hearing this July so that the voices of impacted communities can be heard in this important conversation.

Legislative Priorities:
HB 2689 – Pretrial Data Act (Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth)
HB 3347 – Equal Justice for All Act (Rep. Justin Slaughter)

Twitter: #EndMoneyBail

Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition

On January 18, 2019 Governor JB Pritzker signed into law the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act as one of his first official acts in office! After years of tireless advocacy, the Illinois General Assembly passed SB 337 (PA 100-1178) on May 30, 2018 with bipartisan support. Many lives will be saved by this legislation. Community Renewal Society is a member of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition that works to change the culture around firearms by advocating for common sense, evidence-based, gun violence prevention measures that will save lives in Illinois.