Faith & Public Education


Community Renewal Society

 Over 1,500 faith and community leaders rallied on Monday to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Community Renewal Society Faith in Action Assembly, held in First Baptist Congregational Church on Chicago’s West Side.

A good public education has long been considered to be the bedrock of our democracy and our economy, and both are currently in trouble.

Statewide: Join the Voices for Illinois’ Children policy team for a detailed review of the legislative session and what impacts the FY13 budget will have on children and families. The call will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last one hour. It is open to anyone, although an RSVP is required. Visit the sign-up page for more information and to register (there is no cost).

Springfield, IL: Join PCG staff, and all of our coalition members, for the Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) Rally in the Capitol building on April 21st. The RBC has been working diligently over the year to pass legislation that adequately funds Illinois’ education, health care, public safety, and human services programs. Come to Springfield and ask your legislators to support HB174.

Batavia, IL: The Adult Education Ministry of the Congregational Church of Batavia is sponsoring a public forum to examine appropriate responses by people of faith to the current budget and revenue crisis in Illinois. Laura Dean Friedrich, PCG Director of Education and Advocacy, will be the keynote speaker. Open to all, the event will be held in Paxton Hall at the church, 21 S. Batavia Avenue beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Rick Lathrop at 630-715-7098 or Leigh Tracy at 630-406-0729.

Harvey, IL: Join members of the Responsible Budget Coalition and other constituents in Rep. Al Riley’s district for a townhall meeting to talk about Illinois’ budget crisis, proposed solutions, and how you can get involved. The townhall meeting is open to anyone who lives in Rep. Riley’s district and is free to attend. It will take place at First Wesley Academy United Methodist Church, 15446 Lexington Ave., beginning at 5:30. For more information, contact Anthony Guest at

Evanston, IL: The Democratic Party of Evanston is hosting a forum on Illinois’ budget crisis to provide information on the current budget, the growing deficit, and how voters can get involved. Speakers include Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability; Michelle Saddler, Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services; and Tim Schoolmaster, Director of the Illinois Public Pension Fund Association. The event is free and open the public, and will take place at Hill Center, 1500 McDaniel Rd.

PCG gathers with other faith organizations in Springfield to demand a moral budget.

Springfield, IL: Join PCG staff, and members of the Lutheran Advocacy Network, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and the Community Renewal Society in Springfield as we deliver the Responsible Budget Faith Letter to all our Illinois legislators. We’ll hold a press conference, visit Democratic and Republican leadership, as well as our own legislators. Start this Lenten season off by showing your concern for a just and adequate budget – one that will fund education, human services, and health care – for all the residents of Illinois.

Springfield, IL: Join PCG staff and many others from the Responsible Budget Coalition in Springfield on the legislature’s first day back in session. We have worked all fall to continue building support for a budget that adequately funds human services, health care, and education, and we must continue that work until our elected officials make the right choice. Contact Laura Dean Friedrich at 312-223-9544 ×223 or for more information about joining us in Springfield.


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