Think the Illinois budget crisis isn’t having an effect? Then you need to see this

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Jan 08, 2016
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By law, an Illinois budget for FY 2016 was supposed to have been signed into law by July 1, 2015. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day. Below you will find an interactive map of all those hurt by the state’s budget impasse. Click on each map marker to learn more. Note that we will be updating this map regularly with new stories as they become available.

Below the map you will also find a list of statewide problems from the budget standoff.

Statewide Problems:

  • Illinois Comptroller Munger issued a new warning regarding the budget impasse: the state could be $10 billion more in debt by June 30th, 2016. 
  • Southern Illinois domestic violence and rape crisis service center at-risk for closing. It is the only rape crisis service center in the area.
  • A nonprofit behavioral health organization that services 16,000 clients in Southern Illinois and the Metro-East region is owed $5 million by the state. Centerstone was forced to close offices and cut services.
  • More than 52,000 people are affected by cuts from the Will County Health Department. Nine service programs were suspended due to the lack of funds.
  • Illinois’ unpaid bill backlog could hit $25 billion by FY 2019 if our state continues down this path.
  • Two southern Illinois state parks are closed indefinitely, due to unpaid electrical and trash service bills.
  • Moody’s issued a warning to Illinois’ public universities that should they be forced to suspend operations, they risk losing accreditation, putting Illinois college students and their future in jeopardy.
  • Students and parents are looking to out-of-state colleges due to the unstable climate with Illinois Higher Education.
  • Illinois has not been paying insurance claims for state-owned vehicles since July 1, 2015. The state has about 200 claims worth about $560,000 on hold. 
  • More than 800 nonprofits are owed $168 million in back payments from the Illinois Dept. of Human Services.
  • Armored-truck vendor in charge of picking up cash from 137 facilities across the state has not been paid as of April 1st.
  • Eastern Illinois University was forced to lay off 177 EIU employees.
  • The president of Harper College sent a letter to students saying they are facing a $5 million budget gap for Fiscal Year 2017, and in order to balance they budget they will be eliminating 62 employees and the school will no longer be able to fund students’ missing MAP grants.
  • A United Way survey of 75 Southern Illinois human services agencies that receive state funding reported 88% cut the number of clients they serve, and nearly half were forced to make cuts to programs, services and/or operations due to the Illinois budget deadlock.
  • Redeploy Illinois — a statewide program focused on decreasing the number of juveniles in prison — has completely stopped services in 23 counties
  • The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced that vehicle emissions test notices have been cut due to the budget impasse.
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) closed 30 services and eliminated 750 jobs throughout the state due to the budget impasse. Approximately 4,700 people will no longer be receiving services from LSSI.
  • 84,500 Illinois seniors will no longer receive services like Meals on Wheels, Home and Community-based Services and more.
  • 15,000 fewer women will have access to lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screening services through the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program.
  • Chicago State University, a majority black college with 4,500 students, announced a state of financial emergency. This allows the school to take extraordinary cost-saving measures. All 900 faculty members were sent potential layoff notices.  The school announced it does not have enough funds to cover payroll through April.
  • Police chiefs across the state warn that the Illinois budget impasse is putting more kids at risk for prison by eliminating key programs.
  • 130,000 Illinoisans with epilepsy are going without treatment.
  • Illinois paid a $53 million “penalty” when the state sold $480 million in general obligation bonds last week, according to a recent analysis.
  • More than 1,000 Illinois college students did not return to school for their second semester due to frozen grant funds.
  • Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office will stop mailing out registration renewal reminders due to the lack of a state budget.
  • The state’s Department of Central Management Services notified state employees it soon may not be able to pay medical providers for 150,000 state employees, retirees, families.
  • A Better Government Association investigation found Illinois state parks are suffering amid the budget crisis. Approximately 735 projects at about 135 different sites across Illinois are on indefinite hold due to the budget deadlock.
  • Illinois is on the hook for $18.6 million in reimbursements to Cook County for child support enforcement.
  • Half of Illinois colleges can’t afford to continue to use their own funds to help students who receive the Monetary Award Program.
  • Police training classes for more than 57,000 officers across the state have been canceled.
  • 136,000 Illinois college students are left in financial limbo by the state budget crisis.
  • While the state authorized the release of funds for domestic violence shelters at the end of 2015, the lack of funds from other social service providers continues to affect victims of domestic abuse.
  • All 29 sexual assault survivor and prevention services, including rape crisis centers across Illinois, have instituted furloughs, facing layoffs, cutting services and closure due to insufficient funds from the state.
  • The Illinois childcare assistance program — which provides child care subsidies to low-income, working parents —  raised income eligibility requirements from 182% to 50% in July amid the budget impasse, threatening current low-income, working parents from being able to send their children to daycare. Then in November, lawmakers and Gov. Rauner lowered the income eligibility to 150% from 50%, which still prevents many working families from being able to access affordable healthcare for their children.
  • Nearly half of local health departments across Illinois have implemented layoffs, cut the length of the work week, reduced hours and reduced, suspended or terminated services because they can’t get state funding until there’s a state budget.
  • A power company and a prison drug treatment provider have been unpaid due to Illinois budget impasse and are pulling the plug on their services.
  • $107 million in funds dedicated to affordable housing are going unused. Currently, there are more than 172,000 people in need of these funds.
  • Nearly 1,800 families across Illinois have either lost services or are at risk of losing critical autism services since the Autism Project of Illinois closed its doors on Sept. 30, 2015.
  • Meth treatment program for the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center ended July 15, 2015. The program helped treat children in roughly 40 Illinois counties over the last nine years.

Have you or someone you know been affected by the state government shutdown? Please share your story with us in the comments below to be added to the map.

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