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What Nonprofit Stakeholders Need to Know About Budget Advocacy in Illinois

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This virtual event will help nonprofit stakeholders around the state understand the Illinois state budget process.

Join Forefront’s policy team, leadership from the Illinois Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC), League of Women Voters of Illinois, and expert panelists at this FREE, statewide, virtual, interactive event, which will help nonprofit stakeholders around the state understand the Illinois state budget process and related advocacy opportunities.  Nonprofit staff including Executive Directors, Program Directors, Policy Directors, other staff affected by state budget process are encouraged to attend. Other stakeholders that want to learn more about the state’s budget process and how to get more involved are welcome, such as nonprofit board members, donors, and volunteers.

Panelists include:  

– Niya Kelly, Director of State Legislative Policy, Equity and Transformation at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and RBC Executive Committee

– Holly Ambuehl, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Forefront

– Allison Flanagan, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability

– Whitney Tucker, Director of State Fiscal Policy Research, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

The Panel Discussion and Q&A will cover:

– Why nonprofit stakeholders should care about state budget advocacy

– What contributed to/perpetuates Illinois’ structural deficit and the biggest barriers to eliminating it

– Anti-racist budgeting 101

– What Illinois can learn from other states about structural budget solutions and anti-racist budgeting

– Making sense of the IL budget process; how to advocate for budget priorities

– Rules for nonprofit advocacy in Illinois– Related legislative priorities in 2023





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