Don't just read this one, folks, act on it. Please call the Director of Illinois Department of Public Health and the Governor, make sure that Chicago gets the HIV/AIDS prevention funds it NEEDS!
Read my Bilerico post-- HOLD THE PHONE: Chicago HIV/AIDS Budget Still being reviewed.
Yesterday I posted that intense lobbying by advocates like Rep. Greg Harris, Sara Feigenholtz, Heather Steans and Mayor Daley, Governor Quinn (whose initial budget had included a 30%+ ax of AIDS funding) had used his discretionary funds to save the Illinois HIV/AIDS budget for the most part, and maintain funding at about 97% of what it had been.
Well, today, word has it that--while the across-the-board cuts are being minimized--for some reason the Chicago Health Department AIDS/HIV prevention budget is still under review. There is concern in the public health community and with Chicago area lawmakers like Rep. Greg Harris and his allies that funding may not be allocated "where science sees fit," referring to the new reports that new infection rates are exploding in Chicago, especially in communities of color.
Harris wonders: if 2/3 of the AIDS/HIV cases are in Chicago, "just what are they doing with the money?"
…Continue reading my Bilerico post-- HOLD THE PHONE: Chicago HIV/AIDS Budget Still being reviewed.