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The flow of cash to local 911 centers and some state health services will stop this week if Illinois enters another year without a budget.  Not approving a spending plan by Friday's start of a new fiscal year also sets in motion other dire scenarios: Schools won't know whether they'll stay open through the year, and vendors that have provided services without payments could file lawsuits to get paid.

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A new Illinois law aimed at consolidating local government services will significantly reduce the number of separate emergency dispatch centers in parts of Illinois.

The law requires counties with at least 250,000 residents to cut by half the number of 911 call centers by July 2017.

  People in the greater Peoria region have an additional tool to gain health and human service information. The Heart of Illinois United Way and Advanced Medical Transport are partnering to provide a new 2-1-1 information referral service. The service is designed to help link people to urgent needs like shelter housing, food and non-emergency medical care.  It’s part of the calling system that includes 9-1-1 and 4-1-1. The Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 is available 24-hours a day with trained referral specialists. The 2-1-1 call center staff are able to transfer calls in case of emergency.