The Chicago city
council voted Wednesday to increase its HIV prevention
fund to $500,000. The increase was a proposal by Mayor
Richard M. Daley and is part of the 2007 citywide
budget, reported in a statement released Wednesday.
"We thank Mayor Daley and the city
council for increasing HIV prevention resources in
Chicago," said Mark Ishaug, executive director of the
AIDS Foundation of 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."
Chicago will issue $4,229,500 in city funds for
HIV prevention in 2007, a significant increase from
the $3,729,500 given to the cause last year. Also, as
it has done since 2003, Chicago will allocate $500,000 in
federal Community Development Block Grant funds to HIV prevention.
In October 2006, Mayor Daley originally
introduced a budget that did not include an increase
for HIV prevention funding. However, due to hundreds
of phone calls protesting the oversight, the budget was
changed to include additional HIV prevention services.