News

Report: Wealthier Children are Healthier

Report: Wealthier Children are Healthier

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The state’s economic situation could be holding back its children.

“I don’t think anyone is naïve enough to think that this problem is just going to go away,” said State Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach), at an announcement of the 2014 Kids Count report by Voices for Illinois Children. Yingling says past mismanagement is partly to blame for the current financial condition. “It’s a matter of making sure that we prioritize some of these programs, and we do have to accept the reality that there more than likely will be budget cuts this upcoming year.”

“If we do not maintain stable and sustainable revenue in this state, programs that impact children, families, and communities will be cut by devastating amounts, and we cannot allow that to happen,” says Emily Miller, the group’s policy and advocacy director. “Our families and communities cannot afford the level of cuts that would be required to put this state into the black.”

Miller says “stable and sustainable revenue” means either keeping the increased state income tax where it is, 5 percent, or switching to a progressive income tax, in which people who earn more are taxed at a higher rate. The income tax increased to 5 percent in 2011 and, without legislative action, is set to revert to 3.75 percent after 2014.

The bright spots in the report include decreases in the percentage of uninsured children and in the infant mortality rate. But racial and ethnic disparities remain. The reason for that gulf?

“Racism,” said State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston). “If you’re born black or Latino in the United States, your chances for having health and wealth are not as great.”

 www.voices4kids.org

Recent Headlines

in Election 2014, Local

November Ballot: Many More Referendums And Constitutional Amendments

ballot

Voters will be answering many more referendums and constitutional amendments on their ballot this November.

in Local

Illinois Hospital Association: “Vigilantly Preparing” For Ebola

Health

The President of the Illinois Hospital Association says they're working closely with Public Health to prepare for Ebola.

in Election 2014, Local

Chicago Sun-Times endorses Bruce Rauner

Chicago Sun Times

The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner over Incumbent Pat Quinn.

in Local

Secretary Of State: Graduated Driver’s License Drops Teen Driving Deaths

jesse_white

Secretary of State Jesse White says implementation of the "Graduated Driver's License" has reduced teen deaths.

in Local

Bill Clinton Expected to Stump in Illinois Next Week

Clinton Quinn

Quinn says event will be in Chicago.