©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|Wednesday Was a Bad Day for Human Service Providers
|It's been a bad couple of days for human service providers in Illinois. They held out hope that state lawmakers would pass a tax hike to spare massive cuts, only to be disappointed late Tuesday night when that didn't happen. Then Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the part of the budget that includes human services, so funding went from a possible 50 percent to nothing at all.
Providers are already handing out layoff notices and telling clients that their services will be scaled back or cut.
The Rally for the Common Good, a coalition of 50 human service organizations and advocates from across Illinois, lists the potential cuts:
15,600 seniors will lose community care programs that enable them to remain in their homes and out of nursing homes, and another 35,000 seniors will see those services reduced 88,585 children will lose day care services, threatening their parents' ability to work
12,900 women will lose life-saving breast cancer screenings, and 45,000 men will lose prostate cancer screening and prevention services 12,000 teens and adults will lose treatment for drug and alcohol addiction 60,000 pre-school children will lose their early childhood education 11,000 cases of elder abuse will go uninvestigated Half of the state's child abuse investigators will be eliminated, raising caseloads to 20 to 1 Nearly 14,000 rape and child sex abuse victims will be denied crisis services.
Lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol on July 14th for possible override votes, but Quinn may pull them in earlier for special session and again demand that they pass an income tax hike.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|07 01 09 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.