Illinois Budget Action Guide

As of July 6, 2017 Illinois has a full-year, fully-funded budget for FY18 as well as appropriations for the second half of FY17.

Here you can stay up to date with the latest news on the  budget crisis, what it means for Illinois children and families, and what you can do about it—including sharing the link for this page:

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Tell Lawmakers to Choose Children

State Budget Letters

Parents and providers: Edit and send a letter to your lawmakers about how the budget crisis has affected you

Home Visiting Letters

Home visiting parents and providers: Edit and send a letter to your lawmakers about how the budget crisis has affected you


Our action alerts provide information on what’s happening in Springfield as it relates to early childhood programs and services.

  • Illinois Has a Budget! (July 6, 2017)
  • Illinois General Assembly Passes Budget (June 30, 2016)
  • Contact the governor and your elected officials: Support SB2038 (May 13, 2016)
  • Call and Email Your Lawmakers: Tell Them to Vote ‘Yes’ on SB570 (November 5, 2015)
  • Back in Session, Still No Budget: Tell Springfield It’s Time to Act (October 21, 2015)


Download a PDF home visiting fact sheet about how the budget impasse is affecting new parents and their babies.

You can also share the top “$40 million” graphic on Facebook, or on Twitter, and the bottom “What’s at stake” graphic on Facebook, or on Twitter.

A new report, released by RBC members Chicago Jobs Council, Heartland Alliance, the Shriver Center and other Illinois advocacy groups, in partnership with the Coalition on Human Needs, takes a look at the impact of the state budget crisis on those with low-income.


Act today to raise your voice demanding adequate revenue to fund a full-year state budget:

  1. Parents and providers, share your story with your lawmakers: Edit and send a letter to your lawmakers, sharing the harm the budget impasse has caused to your home visiting program along with the importance of fully-funding a state budget with adequate revenue.
  2. Call the governor’s office at: 217.782.0244 and urge him to work with the legislature to come to a resolution for a full-year, fully-funded budget. Then be sure to follow up with an e-mail.
  3. Call and email your state lawmakers and urge them to work with the governor to come to a real solution for a state budget with the adequate revenue to fully-fund critical services children and families need.
  4. Visit your state representative and state senator’s offices and share your stories of the importance of early learning and the impacts of the budget impasse and stopgap budget resolution.