Tag Archives: Illinois budget cuts

Commentary: Facts supporting JDC’s closure are overwhelming

October 22, 2011

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The Jacksonville, Ill Journal Courier – Oct. 22, 2011 – William L. Gorman – A public hearing concerning the proposed closure of the Jacksonville Developmental Center will be held Monday at 5 p.m. at Illinois College’s Bruner Fitness Center. The purpose of the meeting is for the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to hear […]

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Behind on its bills, state shares $5 billion shortfall with businesses, nonprofits

October 21, 2011

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NapervilleSun – Sun-Times Publication – October 21 – Susan Frick Calrman Little more than three years ago, Illinois had a one-week turnaround for cutting checks to the entities submitting bills. By last June, the average delay had stretched to almost four months, according to the office of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Now the lag […]

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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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Disability Advocates attend State Hearing to urge closure of institution for people with developmental disabilities

October 17, 2011

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Access Living – http://www.accessliving.org  – Oct. 17 2011 On Monday, October 17, 16 advocates from the Access Living community will travel to Dixon, Illinois to testify at a hearing on the closure of the Mabley Developmental Center. In September, Governor Quinn announced the closure of Mabley and other institutions for people with disabilities. Access Living […]

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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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Closing time

October 7, 2011

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Chicago Tribune – October 6, 2011 – Letters to the editor – Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed the closure of the Mabley and Jacksonville Developmental Centers based on 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. […]

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For Russell

September 14, 2011

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For Russell. by Regan B who has posted a number of videos with her and Russell on YouTube And yes, I’m aware I spell retarded wrong.  

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Quinn layoffs, closings aimed at pressuring lawmakers for more money

September 9, 2011

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By Monique Garcia and Ray Long, Tribune reporters September 9, 2011 Gov. Pat Quinn took his first steps toward mass layoffs and state facility closings Thursday, budget-cutting moves designed to raise the pressure on lawmakers before they return to the Capitol next month. The Democratic governor warned that unless lawmakers approve more money, he’ll send […]

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Editorial: Can’t pretend Illinois budget cuts won’t hurt needy

July 1, 2011

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Chicago Sun Times – www.SunTimes.com – Editorials July 1, 2011 No one would confuse Illinois with austere Greece, but signs are afoot that our state government is finally learning to live within its means. Just hours before the new fiscal year began Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state budget, a lean spending plan that […]

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Illinois borrowing tax funds intended for charities

June 26, 2011

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www.ChicagoTribune.com | Associated Press | June 26, 2011 CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has borrowed more than $1 million this year to help cover its own expenses from money taxpayers give to charity. The state government has borrowed about $1.17 million this fiscal year from money that Illinois taxpayers designate on their tax returns for charitable use, […]

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Critical time in our state

June 26, 2011

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www.NWHerald.com | Northwest Herald | June 26, 2011 | Editor For years, spending excesses by and general mismanagement within Illinois state government have hurt real people. Multibillion dollar budget deficits have resulted in a government debt so large that it’s become common practice for the state to push off paying its bills by more than […]

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Wrangling over state budget may not be over

June 26, 2011

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www.pantagraph.com | June 26, 2011 | by Kurt Erickson SPRINGFIELD — Depending on whom you ask, the new state spending plan either spends too much, spends too little or is just right. Call it the “Goldilocks budget.” As lawmakers departed the Capitol Wednesday after returning for a few hours to ensure dollars for the state’s […]

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State may cut funding to homeless prevention program

June 26, 2011

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  JournalStandard.com | June 26, 2011 | Jeff Montgomery Freeport, Ill. — Many community leaders believe that Freeport has been winning the battle against homelessness. But there is growing concern that state budget cuts could derail the progress that has been witnessed in recent years. Dean Wright , the director of the Freeport Area Church […]

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Disabilities – Illinois-Very Good – California Very scary

June 23, 2011

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Before It’s News | www.beforeitsnews.com | June 23, 2011 | Ability Chicago Blog Dear Readers; Before you read the story below. I have done my best not to make comments on Ability Chicago posts. I have to break my own rule (again). The recent triumphant conclusion in Illinois of “Ligas vs Hamos” ‘when the state […]

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Nonprofit seeks nearly $1M loan to pay staff

June 22, 2011

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by Joseph Bustos – JBustos@nwherald.com | June 22, 2011 | nwherald.com McHENRY – McHenry County’s second largest social service agency is looking to borrow nearly $1 million from the McHenry County Mental Health Board so it can meet payroll this fiscal year. Because the state of Illinois continues to be months behind on reimbursing nonprofit […]

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