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A Year of Advocacy

We have been fighting hard for families in 2015. From tirelessly calling and writing to elected officials, organizing press conferences, appearing before the cameras on the evening news, writing letters to the editor, and networking with other providers that have been affected by this crisis, we'll stop at nothing when it comes to protecting vital services for the most vulnerable in our state

Scroll through our timeline of all the major events and news coverage from this year so far below:

  • January 2015

Board of Trustees and MSV leadership signed letters to elected officials in Springfield. MSV participated in various advocacy efforts with Donors Forum, Illinois Partners for Human Services, Voices for Children, Illinois Action for Children, Responsible Budget Coalition.

  • February 2, 2015

MSV Chief Executive Bart Winters sent a letter to newly elected Governor Bruce Rauner, requesting that no cuts be made to the Child Care Assistance Program and invited him to visit both MSV Centers

  • February 16, 2015

A second letter is sent to Governor Rauner, this time from the MSV Board of Trustees, requesting that no cuts be made to the Child Care Assistance Program.

  • May 13, 2015

A bus full of MSV Staff, teachers, and parents, heads down to Springfield to stand alongside other child care providers for a rally and press conference on the capitol steps.

  • June 6, 2015

MSV Chief Programs Officer Maureen Hallagan speaks alongside other human service providers in a press conference organized by the Responsible Budget Coalition. Watch the video:

  • CBS Evening News, June 12, 2015

One of America’s Most Dangerous Walks to School by Jericka Duncan

  • Progress Illinois, June 24, 2015

Service Reductions, Layoffs Imminent Without a 'Responsible' State Budget, Say Illinois Community Providers by Ellyn Fortino

  • Gaper’s Block, June 30, 2015

Tackling Violence with a Softer Side of Policing by Emily Brosious

  • Bean Soup Times, June 22, 2015

Chicago Police to Shoot Hoops With Black Youth in “Play for Peace” Basketball Game (from press release)

  • Associated Press, July 27, 2014 (circulated by several outlets including the Washington Post)

More Illinois residents feel pain as budget impasse drags on by Sara Burnette

  • August 8, 2015

After completing a 4 year term as Chairman of the MSV Board of Trustees, John Rowan participated in a Responsible Budget Coalition sponsored press conference at the Capitol and testified at the House Committee of the Whole hearing on the Child Care Assistance Program with Sessy Nyman of Illinois Action for Children, all in one day!. Watch the video:

  • Fox 32 Chicago, August 18, 2015

Daycare providers more worried after Rauner fires child care advocate by Mike Flannery

  • eNews Park Forest, September 3, 2015

Sheriff Dart & Providers Call on Springfield to End Cuts to Kids and Communities as School Year Begins (press release from the Responsible Budget Coalition)

  • ABC7 Chicago, September 3, 2015

Dart Warning on Budget Woes (Coverage of press conference at the Cook County Jail, organized by Marillac St. Vincent, RBC, and Sherriff Dart’s office. Youth Services Director, Albert Richardson, speaks alongside Sherriff Tom Dart and is visible in the background of the footage)

  • WGN, September 3, 2014

Dart Calls On Lawmakers to End Cuts to Community Programs (More coverage of press conference at the Cook County Jail, organized by Marillac St. Vincent, RBC, and Sherriff Dart’s office. Youth Services Director, Albert Richardson, speaks alongside Sherriff Tom Dart and is visible in the background of the footage).

  • WGN Radio, September 3, 2014

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: “If kids have productive things to do after school they don’t go searching around gangs to hang out with” (More coverage of press conference at the Cook County Jail, organized by Marillac St. Vincent, RBC, and Sherriff Dart’s office).

  • CLTV, September 3, 2014

Ongoing Budget Impasse is Having a Devastating Effect On Programs (More coverage of press conference at the Cook County Jail, organized by Marillac St. Vincent, RBC, and Sherriff Dart’s office. Youth Services Director, Albert Richardson, speaks alongside Sherriff Tom Dart and is visible in the background of the footage).

  • Daily Whale, September 3, 2014

Sheriff, childcare providers tell Springfield to restore youth services funding cuts by Katie Cliff

  • September 3, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul Center hosted a town hall meeting on the state budget with Representative Greg Harris, Representative Will Guzzardi, and Senator Heather Steans, alongside other human services providers and advocates including the IL Hunger Coalition and the Jewish United Fund.


 
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