The new voice at Voices for Illinois Children is actually an old hand. Gaylord Gieseke, who had been the advocacy group’s vice president, has been promoted to succeed Kathy Ryg, a former state representative who quit Voices for family reasons.


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“The Internet access has enormous implications on children’s lives,” Gieseke says in noting that the lives of children today are more complicated than was true in previous generations. “The economic situation is vastly more complicated and difficult, and that sense of future security is simply not there.”

Gieseke says she is disappointed with the lack of money available for programs, especially now that, in all fields, “we know more than ever.” She said she hopes the governor can persuade lawmakers to reexamine the budget as part of a special session.

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