Enough is Enough It’s time to DEMAND change in Illinois.

Enough is Enough!

For over two years, Illinois was without a budget, and millions of residents of all ages suffered through the lack of depleted programs and services.  We now have a budget.

Despite the budget, we are nowhere near out of the woods!  Illinois still has a long way to go until our state finances are restored, service providers are paid, vulnerable citizens receive needed services, municipalities are supported, higher education funding is not threatened and the state’s debt burden is not hanging over everyone’s head.

We must continue urging our elected officials to fix these issues and not let the state remain in disarray.

Enough is Enough! AARP Illinois demands action from Illinois politicians and commitment from gubernatorial and all other candidates for state office to make fixing Illinois’ finances their number one priority.  Permanent solutions must be implemented that restore Illinois’ fiscal health, provide the services our population – especially vulnerable Illinoisans – need, and ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.


Illinois' budget deficit


Backlog of unpaid bills exceeds $8.0 billion


Illinois' long-term debt; Worst in nation by $80B


Unfunded public pension obligations exceed $130 billion


Why do we need Enough is Enough?
Illinois was without a balanced state budget for too long, and the impact was harshly felt across the state: from college students to working families and their children and from older residents to social service providers – every population group was been affected by depleted services and programs.
How do people in Illinois feel about the mess?
Illinoisans of all backgrounds in every corner, angry over the lack of a balanced state budget, took action to demand results from the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly. We do have a budget now, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
How big is the problem?
Even with a budget, Illinois is still far away from healthy finances that make life better for all its citizens. Residents are paying the highest property taxes in the nation, and paying increasing local and state fees, higher rates for utilities while struggling with an increasing cost of living.  Additionally, many lost their jobs as businesses and social service agencies closed their doors or reduced their hours and became unable to further extend the credit used to cover the state’s unpaid bills.
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