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

Enough is Enough!

Illinois is experiencing a severe fiscal crisis caused by years of fiscal mismanagement and recently, two years without a budget.  Millions of residents of all ages suffered through the lack of depleted programs and services. 

The numbers are astounding; $6-$8 billion unpaid bill deficit; $3.2 billion structural deficit; $133.5 billion in unfunded pension deficit.  Despite two consecutive years with a budget and an increased flat income tax rate, we are nowhere near out of the woods.  Illinois has a long way to go until 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.

Enough is Enough! Illinois politicians must make fixing Illinois’ finances their number one priority.  Permanent, comprehensive, equitable solutions must be implemented that restore Illinois’ fiscal health, provide the services Illinoisans need, and ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.

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$1.7B

Illinois' structural budget deficit

$6.9B

Backlog of unpaid bills exceeds $6.75 billion

$142B

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

$133.5B

Unfunded public pension obligations exceed $133 billion

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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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