Protect State Funding

Governor Rauner’s proposed Illinois budget slashes state spending by over $6 billion, much of the savings gleaned by eliminating or reducing eligibility for programs that are vital for Illinois’ most vulnerable residents. The Governor’s budget proposal cuts programs serving families, orphans, hemophiliacs, youth in after school programs, foster care, people with disabilities — the people who need the state's help most. Many of the cut programs actually save the state money over time. Illinois needs a budget that reflects our values and priorities.

Vision: Charitable organizations in Illinois receive adequate state funding to fulfill their missions, build vibrant communities, and serve the needs of all residents.

Long-term goal: Secure adequate and stable funding for charitable organizations through revenue generation.

Recent results: In January 2015, we established Forefront's first-ever position on the state budget, and organized Member support for it. Read the position statement here.

Work in progress: We are working to ensure that funding for charitable organizations is secured through new revenue, with cuts minimized in FY16 and FY17.


> Get more information and background in our State Budget LibGuide.

> Listen to our Oct. 8, 2015 podcast as Illinois Senator Heather Steans weighs in on the state budget crisis.

Working group:

Michelle Adler-Morrison
Youth Guidance

Heather Alderman
Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

Frank Baiocchi
Polk Bros. Foundation

Matthew Blakely
Motorola Solutions Foundation

John Bouman
Shriver Center/Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Chris Brown
Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Julianne Buck
Community Foundation of Grundy County

Sharon Bush
Grand Victoria Foundation

Kristin Carlson Vogen
Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation

Alexandra Cesario
Breakthrough Urban Ministries

Julie Chavez
Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Nisan Chavkin
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago

Nora Collins-Mandeville
Illinois Collaboration on Youth

Donald Cooke
Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Paula Corrigan-Halpern
Children's Home + Aid

Kathleen Coughlin
Crown Family Philanthropies

Michelle Cronin
Luster Learning Institute, NFP

Johanna Dalton
Goldie's Place

Gillian Darlow
Polk Bros. Foundation

Kassie Davis
CME Group Foundation

Christian Denes
City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services

Gregory DiDomenico
Community Memorial Foundation

Robert DiLeonardi
VNA Foundation

Thomas Dorris
Francis Beidler Foundation

Jackie Edens
The Inner Voice

Ricardo Estrada
Metropolitan Family Services

Merri Ex
Family Focus, Inc.

Nancy Fishman
Grand Victoria Foundation

Irene Frye
The Retirement Research Foundation

Judith Gethner
Illinois Partners for Human Service

Bob Glaves
The Chicago Bar Foundation

Mark Grach

Caronina Grimble
Woods Fund Chicago

Michael Hennessy
The Coleman Foundation

Grace Hou
Woods Fund Chicago

Mark Ishaug

Joel Johnson
Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI)

James Jones

Jack Kaplan
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Bruce Karmazin
The Lumpkin Family Foundation

John Kelker
United Way of Central Ilinois

Betsy Leonard
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Dan Lesser
Shriver Center/Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

James Lewis
The Chicago Community Trust

Jeri Linas
Teen Living Programs

Dan Lyonsmith
Chicago Jobs Council

Chuck Maniscalco
Manifest Leadership LLC

Dinaz Mansuri
The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Georgia Marsh
Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)

Clark McCain
The Coleman Foundation

Julia McClendon
YWCA Elgin

Regina McGraw
Wieboldt Foundation

Mark McHugh
Envision Unlimited

Julie McKelphin
Action Now Institute

R.J. McMahon
Robert Crown Center for Health Education

Dina Merrell
The Chicago Bar Foundation

Emily Miller
Voices for Illinois Children

Art Mollenhauer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Heather O'Donnell

James Parsons
The Brinson Foundation

Shaun Pesce
Mutual of America

Mary Pounder
Comer Foundation

Kate Pravera
School of Continuing Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Edgar Ramirez
Chicago Commons

Jose Rico
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Janice Rodgers
Quarles & Brady LLP

Nancy Ronquillo
Children's Home + Aid

David Roth
Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois

Mary Rowe
Oberweiler Foundation

Sara Schastok
Evanston Community Foundation

Itedal Shalabi
Arab American Family Services

David Simpson
Youth Guidance

David Sinski
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

David Skora
City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services

Christine Smith
HandsOn Suburban Chicago

Pam Solimine
St. Vincent Depaul Center & Marillac Social Center

Unmi Song
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Suzanne Strassberger
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

K. Sujata
Chicago Foundation for Women

Lisa Sullivan
St. Joseph Services

Samantha Tuttle
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights

Jonathan VanderBrug
Arts Alliance Illinois

Ernest Vasseur
Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County

Robert Vaughan
Dunham Fund

Elizabeth Versten
The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation

Jennifer Walling
Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

Laura Zumdahl
New Moms