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Blacks hit especially hard in Illinois budget impasse

Feb 10, 2016

Illinois budget impasse threatens HIV testing program for black Chicagoans


February is Black History Month – and Illinois’ eighth month without a state budget. As we highlight black people’s contributions to the American narrative, the message sent by Illinois’ budget impasse is hardly celebratory.

All Illinoisans are suffering as the fragile web of supportive services slowly unravels. Communities across the state are feeling the ripple effects of layoffs, reduced services, slow state payments and the tension that comes with sustained uncertainty.

In the midst of our shared suffering, we must acknowledge this sad truth. People of color, especially black people, are enduring…

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