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Event Wed Jun 03 2009

Rally Against Budget Cuts Tomorrow in the Loop

Doing anything special during your lunch break tomorrow? Consider fighting for the little guy/gal. A rally against "doomsday" budget cuts is scheduled for tomorrow outside the Thompson Center at 171 W. Randolph St. at 11:30 a.m. Activists will be protesting budget cuts that were approved by the Illinois General Assembly on May 31. The budget cuts will have an "awful human toll," on all sorts of sectors, according to this nice breakdown from Progress Illinois. The rally is timed to make an impact just before a noon meeting between Gov. Quinn and legislative leaders.

Among the groups making a presence at the rally will be the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. In an e-mail sent today, the Coalition lists how the budget cuts will affect the city's homeless population:

  • Homeless teens will have fewer shelters and street programs to help them get housed and back in school
  • A dramatic drop in homeless prevention grants available to struggling families
  • 80,000 low-wage mothers will lose a childcare subsidy that allows them to hold jobs and pay thousands of home daycare providers
  • 40,000 fewer homecare workers who serve the elderly
  • 190,000 students will lose college scholarship aid
  • 65,000 people will be kicked out of alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs
  • Reduced mental health services for 175,000 people
  • 50% cut in payments to foster care parents

Can't make it to the rally? Consider contacting your state legislator.

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