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.

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Real Stories
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FISCAL CRISIS IMPACT – LESSIE BATES DAVIS NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
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FISCAL CRISIS IMPACT – MARIE’S STORY
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FISCAL CRISIS EFFECT ON EAST ST. LOUIS PARK DISTRICT
Budget Deficit Stats
$1.7B
Illinois' structural budget deficit
$7.2B
Backlog of unpaid bills exceeds $7 billion
$142B
Illinois' long-term debt; Worst in nation by $80B
$133.5B
Unfunded public pension obligations exceed $133 billion
News
Hot Off The Press
May 29, 2019 12:26 AM
Hot Off The Press
Propelled solely with Democratic votes, the Illinois House Monday approved a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated state income tax.
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May 29, 2019 12:21 AM
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Landing Gov. J.B. Pritzker a huge win, the Illinois House — along strictly partisan lines — on Memorial Day approved a November 2020 ballot question that will ask voters if they wish to change the state’s income tax structure from a flat tax to the graduated tax Pritzker is championing.
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May 29, 2019 12:19 AM
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Illinois voters will get to decide the future of the state’s income tax. Democrats on Monday approved a measure to put a graduated income tax on the ballot next fall.
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AARP Original
April 18, 2019 01:41 AM
AARP
Many seniors in Chicago worry about being able to stay in the city, according to a recent survey of registered voters ages 50 and up. The survey was commissioned by the Illinois branch of the American Association of Retired Persons.
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February 08, 2019 10:52 PM
AARP
There’s no doubt Illinois is in a financial mess. But the proposal to fix it offered up this week by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago—senior executives from the Chicago area’s leading employers—shows little regard for Illinois residents who would be hit hard by this plan.
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October 30, 2018 06:19 PM
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The Illinois Capitol breathed a sigh of relief this summer when Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature agreed on a state budget. But most Illinois voters say they’re not sure the deal will solve the state’s $1.2 billion deficit and other fiscal woes. That’s according to a new survey of registered voters conducted by AARP Illinois.
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