Make Your Voices Heard Against Harmful Cuts
Illinois’ new Governor has proposed slashing billions of dollars in order to balance the state budget. These cuts will devastate low-income workers and families across Illinois with cuts to human services, Medicaid, subsidized childcare, and higher education.
The testimony agenda for the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) Senate Appropriations budget hearing on March 16 has been finalized. If you were interesting in testifying but did not make it onto the agenda, there are many opportunities to make your voices heard:
- SPEAK OUT: If you know of an individual who would be impacted by the proposed cuts and that person is willing to be interviewed by the media, please fill out a form by clicking here.
- SHOW UP: IDHS’ Appropriations Hearings March 16th in Chicago and March 19th in Springfield (click here for more information on both hearings). Share how specific funding has assisted you or your community by brining written testimony to either hearing. Please limit testimony to one page. Organizations may also submit a written statement on letterhead stressing the need for revenue to fund essential programs.
- USE SOCIAL MEDIA: Remember to use social media to amplify our united voice. Follow the Chicago Jobs Council on Facebook and Twitter for the latest budget updates and also follow our friends at the Responsible Budget Coalition (Facebook | Twitter). Be sure to use the hashtags #NoCuts & #Twill when tweeting your message against the proposed cuts.
If you need any assistance with sharing your stories as testimony, with the media, or on social media or have any questions, please contact:
- Dan Lyonsmith, Director of Policy & Advocacy | firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.252.0461
- Andrés Moreno, Senior Communications & Outreach Associate | email@example.com or 312.252.0467
Thank you for your continued partnership, and please spread the word on opportunities to speak out against these devastating cuts!
P.S. Did you miss yesterday’s Day of Action Budget Rally in Springfield? Click here to view photos from yesterday’s successful event!