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Human services hammered in budget mess

October 17, 2011

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Chicago Sun-Times – October 17, 1022 – Sophia Tareen – www.SunTimes.com As Illinois’ budget crisis worsens and the state lags further behind in paying bills, those that serve the state’s neediest are being forced to make dire decisions and at-times heroic sacrifices to pick up the slack. “The burden of survival for human services has […]

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William Gorman and Ruth Burgess Thompson: Closing 2 centers is sensible

October 13, 2011

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GateHouse News Service – October 13, 2011 – http://www.sj-r.com – Opinion Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed the closure of Mabley and Jacksonville developmental centers because of fiscal reasons. There are times when a fiscal crisis can provide an opportunity to do the right thing and also save money. This is one of them. The Statewide […]

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Nonprofits bear burden of Illiniois unpaid bills

October 13, 2011

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by Sophia Tareen – The Associated Press – October 13, 2011 – The Beacon-News – Chicago Sun Times – http://beaconnews.suntimes.com   CHICAGO (AP) — When the owner of a southern Illinois child care center didn’t get the state funding he was promised on time and faced laying off employees and cutting service to low-income children, […]

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Gov. Quinn Q&A Part 1 Video

October 5, 2011

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Video from Illinois State House News – Oct. 5, 2011  Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions about Ford, Mitsubishi Electric Car,  the state budget, and state facility closings.  

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Lots of concerns, few answers in Quinn closing plan

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011 | By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD — New reports from Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration say that closing seven state facilities will cost Illinois 2,660 jobs and nearly $300 million in lost economic activity. The governor’s office gave the Legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, or COGFA, the closing […]

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Some support Quinn’s facility closing plan, kinda

September 9, 2011

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Statehouse News September 9, 2011 SPRINGFIELD —  Advocates and lawmakers could support Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to close five mental health and developmental disability centers. But only if he does it properly. Quinn on Thursday proposed closing the Tinley Park in Tinley Park; the H. Douglas Singer Mental Health Center […]

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Tinley Park Mental Health Center faces closure

September 9, 2011

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By Ashley Rueff TribLocal reporter September 9, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. Gov. Pat Quinn put the Tinley Park Mental Health Center on the chopping block Thursday when he announced his plan to close seven state facilities and layoff 1,938 state employees as part of his budget-cutting plan. Quinn said the state budget passed by the […]

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Changing the way we receive medical care

August 26, 2011

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By Judith Graham |12:32 p.m. CDT, August 26, 2011 | The Chicago Tribune – Trib Nation Can Illinois make Medicaid managed care work for some of the state’s sickest, most vulnerable residents — people with serious physical and mental disabilities? Officials are committed to trying as part of a massive overhaul of the state’s $14 […]

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Accounting trick hides $1B in state spending

June 18, 2011

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By Dan McCaleb, Editor Northwest Herald – www.nwherald.com – June 18, 2011   Despite what you might have read in the newspaper, this one or any other, state government in Illinois is poised to spend more in fiscal 2012 than it did in fiscal 2011. Lawmakers aren’t admitting that. Many, in fact, have been hailing […]

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Unresolved Budget Issues

June 13, 2011

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John Evans – Illinois Assn. of Rehab. Facilities – IARF- 6/13/2011 On Wednesday June 15, 2011, the Governor will meet with legislative leaders to discuss the unresolved issues with the budget they passed two weeks ago.  Unhappy with the level of cuts to education and human services in the budget, Senate Democrats amended the capital construction […]

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Unkindest cuts

May 22, 2011

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Chicago Tribune Editorial – May 23, 2011 Even with a tax increase, Illinois is broke, owes billions of dollars and needs to make deep budget cuts. Practically everyone who depends on the state will take a hit. There will be pain. By making smart cuts, however, the state can avoid unnecessary pain. Unfortunately, Gov. Pat […]

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Our Opinion: State plan to help disabled is backward

May 22, 2011

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The State Star Journal-Register – May 22, 2011 – www.sj-r.com Last fall, Gov. Pat Quinn negotiated a deal with the state’s largest public employee union: In exchange for AFSCME members accepting $70 million in health insurance concessions and working with the state to find up to $50 million in additional savings, Quinn pledged no layoffs […]

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More abuse, neglect reported in Illinois group homes

May 21, 2011

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CarmiTimes.com – Carla K. Johnson May 21, 2011 Chicago, Ill. —   One group home worker viciously cursed the disabled adults in her care when they didn’t wash dishes to her satisfaction. Another dragged a disabled man by his ankles as he screamed in pain. Workers at another facility didn’t notice when a resident wandered […]

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Illinois Group Home Abuse

May 20, 2011

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Chicago Tribune – ChicagoTribune.com – Carla K Johnson – AP Medical Writer – May 20, 2011 CHICAGO— One group home worker viciously cursed the disabled adults in her care when they didn’t wash dishes to her satisfaction. Another dragged a disabled man by his ankles as he screamed in pain. Workers at another facility didn’t […]

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Tough choices drive human services cuts

May 20, 2011

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Foxillinois.com – Springfield – Decatur – Champaign – Illinois Statehouse news – Diane S.W. Lee – May 20, 2011 SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar may have different political views, but Quinn is dealing with a similar, but bigger, challenge than Edgar tackled during his tenure as governor. Edgar […]

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Human services weigh options in face of funding cuts

May 20, 2011

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Illinois Statehouse News – May 20, 2011 – Diane S.W. Lee SPRINGFIELD — Shannon Davidson enjoys the freedom of living alone in her Alton apartment, after she stayed in two different nursing homes outside the city. “I used to say ‘I missed doing laundry,’ because I hadn’t done it in four years when I was […]

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