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Real People are Being Hurt Every Day


Business, labor, and United Ways across Illinois have joined forces to call for an end to the state budget impasse. They're demanding action from the governor and General Assembly because they say real people are being hurt every day.

Scott Crane, president of the Quad Cities United Way, says the state association surveyed its 52 local organizations in Illinois.

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Scott Crane, pres. Quad Cities United Way

And these cuts are having devastating effects on non-profits, a sector of the economy that can't afford them. Crane says many have cut staff, used up their cash reserves, and are going into debt to survive.

Mark Mathews, executive director of the Child Abuse Council based in Moline, says the state provides 40 per cent of his budget. And each month the board is voting whether to continue to operate.

Helping fewer children puts lives at risk.

Some workers have left for better jobs, and those who are left are donating cleaning supplies and other basics the agency needs to stay open. 

Rory Washburn, executive director of the Tri-City Building and Construction Trades Council says the citizens of Illinois deserve "responsible action" by the governor and legislative leaders. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.