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Illinois Budget Cuts Fall Deepest on the Most Vulnerable
Date:3/11/2010

CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The FY11 proposed budget Governor Quinn released on March 10, 2010 includes unacceptable cuts to human services – totaling $276 million.  These cuts fall on the most vulnerable in our state – seniors, people with mental illness and disabilities, victims of violence, and children. Such cuts will harm individuals and families, result in the loss of jobs across Illinois and further weaken our state's economy.

"Our state faces a budget crisis, but this crisis will not be solved by eliminating services that help people live independently, get and keep jobs and pay taxes," said Nancy Ronquillo, chairperson for Illinois Partners for Human Service, and CEO and president for Children's Home+ Aid.

According to research compiled by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance (IMPACT) and The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), more than a half million Illinois families have used human services in the last fifteen years. These services include child care; after-school programs for teens; skills training or help finding jobs; counseling for victims of sexual or domestic abuse; assistance for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled; in-home care for the elderly.


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