Time for Action:
Illinois Budget FY 2017
January 23, 2017

Ma ry Kubasak, President
Jean Pierce and Hilary Denk, Issues Co-Chairs
Kathryn Nesburg, Issues Specialist

Please call your State Senator and State Representative and insist that they vote to pass a budget for FY 2017 and to make whole schools and social service providers which did not receive appropriations in FY 2016.

    • To raise money to fund these budgets ask them to:
    • Raise state income tax rates
    • Expand the sales tax base to include services
    • Refinance the state's debt and pension obligations
    • Tax retirement income
    • Impose a tax on financial transactions
Ask them to oppose a property tax freeze for local governments and school districts. 

The State of Illinois does not have a budget for Fiscal Year 2017, except for General State Aid for education. It does not have enough money to pay its bills and currently has $11 billion in unpaid bills.
Dire consequences could result if the current crisis is not quickly addressed, including:
    • Many public school districts, Kindergarten through Grade 12, do not have enough money to provide adequate and equitable education for their students.
    • School districts may not receive all of the money that was appropriated for this school year. Categorical spending must wait in line with all of the other requests for payment that the state receives.
    • Where will school districts find revenues to replace the missing state appropriations?
    • The lack of a state budget results in suffering for the neediest Illinois citizens because service providers are forced to shrink services, lay off employees, or shut down altogether.
    • State schools of higher education will not receive state payments. Students who need financial aid from the state will not receive MAP (monetary award program) grants.
    • Public schools and other local governments rely on the property tax for an adequate and dependable source of revenue. Unless the state provides adequate and sufficient replacement monies, these taxing bodies will suffer great harm.
Find contact information for your state legislators at:   
League of Women Voters of Illinois
332 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 634, Chicago, IL  60604
Phone: (312) 939-5935  | Email:  issues@lwvil.org  | website:  www.lwvil.org
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