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
$6.0B
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
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May 29, 2019 12:26 AM
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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
May 20, 2019 08:10 PM
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Illinois could lose $1.2 billion in funding over a decade should the 2020 U.S. Census undercount the state's population, according to new Chicago Urban League research.
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May 20, 2019 08:08 PM
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is staring down a $133.5 billion pension hole, is counting on help from legalizing recreational marijuana. But less than half the new tax revenue generated from weed sales will go toward shoring up the state's finances.
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May 20, 2019 08:03 PM
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After months of pondering, Gov. J.B. Pritzker today began briefing state lawmakers on his much-anticipated capital plan, and it’s both big and expensive—$41.5 billion over six years, to be financed in part by a doubling of the state's tax on gasoline.
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