I thank Stephanie Moulton of the Illinois General Assembly Legislative Research Unit for providing the following grant alert.
Petition Drive Against Budget Cuts
The Alliance for Budget Equity (ABE) is circulating petitions as follows:
“We the undersigned voters and duly qualified electors residing in communities in the State of Illinois, hereby petition that Governor Bruce Rauner restore the $26 million in social services and public health grants, suspended on the 3rd day of April, 2015.
Shall the Governor of the State of Illinois restore appropriated funds to pay for the burials of public aid recipients; teen drug abuse prevention programs; austism, epilepsy, HIV and AIDS awareness and other public health services; and for immigrant services, and youth jobs.”
I hope to have electronic copies of the petitions that you can print out and circulate by Monday, April 13, 2015. If you are interested in circulating the petition in your community, let me know. Signed petitions will be delivered to Governor Rauner on May 4, 2015. Others who may have more information concerning this initiative include Minister Walter Jones, William Riley, Donald J. Dew, and Deborah Williams. ABE is trying to get 100,000 signatures by May 4, 2015 to deliver to the Governor during a rally at Thompson Center.
May 4th Day of Action at Thompson Center
We received hard copies of flyers with the following message:
The Alliance for Budget Equity (ABE)
Save the Date
Monday, May 4, 2015
Day of Action
Call for Restoration of $26 million State Funding for
Social Services and Pubic Health Grants
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL
Let your voice be heard
Please call the Governor at 312- 814-2121 or email Bruce.Rauner@Illinois.gov.
The time has not been confirmed, but is tentatively set for 10:00 am.
Cook County Board Meeting April 29th
Commissioner Richard Boykin will be introducing a resolution calling on Governor Rauner to restore $26 million in budget cuts to human and social services during the April 29th meeting of the Cook County Board. (10:00 am) There will be a public comment period in which you may provide testimony on how you, your organization and community have been impacted by these cuts. Visit the Illinois Partners for Human Service website to get information on how to frame letters to Governor Rauner and get ideas as to how to frame your testimony before the Cook County Board. http://illinoispartners.org/Happening%20Now
Other resources may be found here http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d80f30bea30ebd5363eeb80e9&id=c6d386e520
Check Out This New Infographic
We put together a new infographic to share quick updates.
Even though economists say we are in recovery, we still experience profound effects of a fundamental shift in our economy. The economy has stabilized nationally, but there are still several communities that remain virtually untouched by recovery. Our state and local governments, which often serve as a safety net, are struggling, can not be counted on to support programs that serve “the least of these”. The nonprofit sector will never be the same. I am sharing a series of memes that are intended to help nonprofit leaders work through strategies to weather the storm.
I got the following email from Voices for Illinois Children
I am working with the Illinois African American Family Commission and a number of other organizations to analyze the impacts of Governor Rauner’s budget cuts on African American communities in the State. Please, take a few minutes to complete the attached survey by March 20, 2015. Your assistance is most appreciated.
I am pleased to have recently completed the business plan for an agency serving youth athletes with asthma. The 3-year plan included an assessment of the asthma situation from a national, state, county and city level to identify target areas in high-need, under-served areas. The plan identified potential clients and partners and strategies to provide asthma education and devices for youth athletes and their families and athletic and school personnel. The plan included program logic models for each of the programs, a budget, evaluation plan and implementation plan. The agency is now in a position to develop the necessary infrastructure to sustain itself for the long term, and to make the case for funding. I wish them well.
I just want to encourage you to listen to the Bob Shaw Show Sunday, December 28, 2014, at 2:00 pm on WVON. I will share updates on TIFs. The station is on AM 1690. The call in number is 773-591-1690.
I just received the following grant alert from the Illinois General Assembly Legislative Unit.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has partnered with the North Lawndale community to submit a bid to build the Obama Presidential Library on the West Side of Chicago. Two sites are being considered—one on the UIC campus and the other in North Lawndale, on the corner of Roosevelt and Kostner. We have conducted an informal survey of Westside stakeholders to get a sense for the level of support for the Proposed Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale. Surveys were sent by email, and posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, through a town hall meeting and on our website. More
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Our website went live on December 7, 2014. When you visit, you will get an overview of the North Lawndale bid, learn about other Presidential Libraries, be able to give feedback about the proposed Presidential Library in North Lawndale, see our Twitter feed and get other updates. Please, visit the website the Chicago Way–early and often! You are encouraged to follow our blogs to get instant updates every time a new blog article is posted.
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