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Save the Human Services Programs in Illinois

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The Illinois Department of Human Services is cutting rates by 40-100%,varying on division, for providers who serve children and adults with developmental disabilities, eliminating programs for people with developmental disabilities, and reducing funding for community health programs. These are just three of several funding cuts taking effect July 1, 2009. If the General Assembly's "50 Percent Budget" isn't revised and the cuts to social services aren't restored by July 1st, several Social Services agencies across the State of Illinois will have no alternative but to close their doors leaving thousands of individuals with disabilities and other life barriers without services. Additionally, thousands of dedicated and knowledgeable employees will lose their jobs. Unfortunately, the future of these agencies is at the mercy of Governor Quinn and legislative leadership. Budget shortfalls and resulting cuts to social services are not a new concept to Illinois, and each year funding cuts force agencies to close their doors. Up to this point, some of these agencies have been able to weather the storms. They have had to learn to do more with less but they have survived. Sadly, this year there is no more to give. These cuts will reduce social services in Illinois by at least 50%.

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