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Gov. Rauner’s Budget Cuts Funding for Critical Cancer-Fighting Programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Feb. 17, 2016 – Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner previewed his plan for the state budget. In response, Heather Eagleton, Illinois government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) issued the following statement:
“We are extremely disappointed to see Governor Rauner continue to neglect cancer patients and the health of all Illinoisans. With more than 65,000 people in our state expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, we can’t afford to abandon programs that help reduce incidence and death from this disease.
“We’re especially concerned the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) will still remain underfunded. For the past year – as our state operated without a budget – health advocates across Illinois have made heard the voices of our mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who desperately need access to lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment.
“So far, our lawmakers’ neglect has forced many IBCCP agencies to reduce hours, waitlist women needing care or completely close their doors. It’s difficult to imagine the impact further cuts will have on IBCCP, but it’s clear that even more lives will be at stake.
“For the past year, our public health programs have tried to make do without a state budget. We commend them for working hard to provide for those most in need. But this isn’t a viable solution for Illinois. We urge our lawmakers to pass a budget immediately that protects cancer-fighting programs like IBCCP.”
About ACS CAN
ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.