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70 Jobs and Services for 250 Seniors Cut in Moline

WVIK Staff

An adult care center in Moline will close its doors next month because of the Illinois budget impasse. Intouch Adult Day Services will close February 26th, and seventy people will lose their jobs.

Program Director Sharon Patten says Intouch supervises 250 seniors at its facility on the Avenue of the Cities every day. It also offers in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities. 
The loss of Intouch Adult Day Services is just one of dozens across the state. Because Lutheran Social Services has not received $6 million  from Illinois, it'll cut 750 employees and 30 programs state-wide.

Patten says the only thing left to do is contact local legislators, petition Governor Bruce Rauner, and hope the budget impasse ends soon.

She hopes residents will use their grief to spark a change in state government.

Patten says without Intouch Adult Day Services in the Quad Cities, some clients could receive help from CASI in Davenport, but she is unsure of their capacity. Some clients will either have to find an alternative caretaker, such as a family member, or live in a state institution, which could cost Illinois even more money.