November 20, 2006
On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council voted for a $500,000 increase in its 2007 HIV prevention budget. Chicago will issue $4,229,500 in city HIV prevention funds in 2007, compared to $3,729,500 in 2006. The city will also allocate $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for HIV prevention, a step it has taken every year since 2003.
The $500,000 increase was proposed by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Mark Ishaug, executive director of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, said, "We thank Mayor Daley and the City Council for increasing HIV prevention resources in Chicago. We cannot turn the tide against this epidemic without investing in proven prevention programs. We must continue to advocate loudly and strongly at all levels of government for additional prevention and care resources."
The original budget Daley submitted in October included no increase in HIV prevention funding, prompting hundreds of telephone calls in protest.