The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), on Feb. 17, held a 250-person rally and die-in at the Illinois Statehouse in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed cuts to HIV programs and social services in the new state budget.
In a statement, AFC said that Rauner's proposal for fiscal year ( FY ) 2017 "contained an $18 million appropriation for the HIV general HIV funding line. This is a $2 million cut to the general HIV funding line from the Governor's FY 16 proposal, and an $8 million or 28-percent cut from the FY 15 budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in May 2014."
AFC also stated that Rauner proposed allocating $500,000 to the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Acta 60-percent drop from the FY 2016 amount.
"The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) strongly opposes these proposed cuts," said Ramon Gardenhire, AFC's vice president of policy and advocacy, in the statement. "We will vigorously work with the General Assembly, people living with HIV, service providers and community members to restore funding for these and other vital programs."