AIDS foundation members rally for revised state budget

Jolietta Holliman, community coordinator at Connect to Protect, an adolescent AIDS program, addresses AFC demonstrators. 

Protesters in support of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, a group that advocates for increased HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services, rallied on July 22 outside the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., demanding a “fair and balanced” state budget from Illinois lawmakers that would not hinder the group’s efforts.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts will affect key HIV and AIDS assistance programs, including the AIDS Drug and Assistance Program, according to the AFC. 

The group is asking lawmakers to quickly generate a fair budget that would help Illinois residents living with HIV access vital HIV medications and services.