Remember, Remember the Budget Impasse this November

Illinois lawmakers finally negotiated a stopgap deal to fund the state over the next six months. While this was a great first step, the Illinois public should not soon forget the costs of the budget impasse. Here is a super-quick rundown of the costs that the Illinois Economic Policy Institute compiled over the weekend.

View this as a PDF: Budget Impasse Impact Overview

Projected Deficit in FY2018: $9-10 billion

United Way State Budget Survey of 429 Agencies: 91% had to cut clients

Total Number of Illinois Residents or Clients Affected by Service Cuts: 1,116,000 people

Funds Owed to Service Providers by the DHS: $350 million

Total Number of Workers Laid Off in Service Agencies: Over 3,500 workers

  • Lack of funding disproportionately impacted low-income and vulnerable populations.
  • More than 800 programs were closed or reduced.
  • The following agencies and organizations all had to lay-off workers and cut programs.

Social Services and Agencies Impacted       

  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Children’s Home + Aid
  • Redeploy Illinois
  • Illinois State Parks
  • Cook County Child Support
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Affordable Housing
  • Home Visiting
  • Safe from the Start
  • Teen REACH afterschool programs
  • Child Care Assistance Program
  • Adult Education & Literacy Programs
  • Emergency and Transitional Housing
  • Homeless Support and Prevention
  • Employment/Training Programs
  • HOME Investment Partnership Program
  • Immigrant Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Conservation Police
  • Metropolitan and Family Services

Health Services Impacted

  • Centerstone Behavioral Health
  • East Side Health District
  • Family Planning Programs
  • Will County Health Department
  • Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
  • Epilepsy Treatment
  • State Department of Central Management Services
  • Autism Program of Illinois (TAP)
  • Mobile Health Clinics
  • Mental Health Services & Police Training
  • Southern Seven Health Department
  • Substance Abuse and Prevention Programs

Public Colleges and Universities Impacted

  • Students receiving MAP Grants
  • University of Illinois system
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Chicago State University
  • Harper College
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Northeastern Illinois University


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