Updates and Events

Chicago Tonight Reporter, Paris Schultz, interviewed CTBA Executive Director, Ralph Martire. The segment aired at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2015, on WTTW.

May 30, 2015

Ralph Martire to present on the Illinois state budget and its impact on critical services at the 9th Annual Chicago African American Summit.  

A new public opinion poll released today shows that 65 percent of Illinois voters support a proposal to raise $300 million for Medicaid and $300 million for community health programs that prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity through a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. At a time when the Illinois General Assembly and Governor are looking for ways to raise revenue, the poll reinforces that the public is interested in and receptive to this innovative solution to fund critical health programs.

Health advocates support the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act, introduced by Sen. Mattie Hunter (SB 1584) and Rep. Robyn Gabel (HB 2667) in the legislature. The bill is estimated to raise more than $600 million a year through a penny per ounce  tax on sugary drinks. The HEAL Act invests about half of the revenue in community health programs that improve access to affordable, healthy foods and increase opportunities for physical activity in communities, while the other half will be invested to increase prevention of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease in Medicaid while preventing cuts to important Medicaid services. The HEAL Act is supported by more than 35 organizations including the American Heart Association (Midwest Affiliate), American Diabetes Association, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and the American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network.  

"Nearly two-thirds of voters understand that sugary drinks are a health hazard," said Elissa Bassler, Executive Director of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity. "Voters strongly believe that the HEAL Act is a great option to help us fund critical health programs - they are willing to pay a small tax as long as the revenues are used to restore Medicaid and invest in the community prevention programs that will reduce disease and save on future healthcare costs."

"The timing of this information is ideal," said Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. "As decision makers face tough fiscal decisions, this poll shows  support for a revenue proposal that can be considered a win-win for Illinois. The HEAL Act will help prevent Medicaid cuts while also providing important opportunities for economically disadvantaged people  to live healthier lives."

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) and the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois (TFI) released a new report, Expanding the Base of Illinois’ Sales Tax to Consumer Services Will Both Modernize State Tax Policy and Help Stabilize Revenue.

May 16, 2015

Hosted by Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter

Please join elected officials, budget experts, social service organizations and Senator Mattie Hunter to discuss the impact of proposed cuts to the FY2015 and FY2016 budgets. 

May 11, 2015

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) presents STATE OF ILLINOIS, FY2016 Proposed Budget. Learn how the proposed cuts will impact social service programs and what communities can do to prepare for this tough economic climate.

May 11, 2015

Health and Medicine Policy Group invites you to the next meeting of the Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy featuring State Representative Robyn Gabel and Ralph Martire, Executive Director of CTBA.

April 27, 2015

Learn about the recent budget cuts made by Governor Rauner, and how it affects you and the community as we develop solutions together and identify next steps.  For more information or to RSVP call (773) 548-7500.

April 27, 2015

Representative Carol Ammons encourages local residents to stop by for a legislative update and to share their views, concerns and their state budget priorities. 

Moving Forward: Policies to Make Illinois Competitive in a Global Economy

CTBA's Annual Fiscal Symposium, "Moving Forward: Policies to Make Illinois Competitive in a Global Economy", featured Michael Mazerov, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC. Mr. Mazerov explained why cutting taxes is not an effective means of boosting economic growth, creating jobs, and enhancing entrepreneurship. Instead, he indicated why states should prioritize investing in education, worker training, public infrastructure and targeted assistance to small business. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Craig Dellimore, Political Editor for WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM.