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.
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.
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.