Windy City Times (Chicago) (02.15.12) - Thursday, February
On Feb. 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, activists
visited the Capitol in Springfield to support a bill to
continue the Illinois Lottery game that raises money for AIDS
prevention and care.
The "Red Ribbon Cash" scratch-off ticket supports the Quality
of Life HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention Fund, the only self-
generating revenue funding enhancer of its kind in the United
States. It is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012; SB 2971 would
move that deadline to Dec. 31, 2017.
"Funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs is
vitally important, given the increasing prevalence and
devastating nature of this disease in our communities," said
Sen. Jackie Collins, the bill's sponsor. Companion legislation
in the House is sponsored by Rep. Karen Yarbrough. Ben
Montgomery and Michael O'Connor, co-authors of the original
Quality of Life HIV/AIDS legislation, organized the press
conference with support from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Red Ribbon Cash has generated $1.4 million so far; this year,
its proceeds will benefit 14 community-based organizations