human services

A newspaper investigation has found that self-policing played a role in determining whether neglect has occurred in investigations of Illinois group homes serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Illinois has taken steps to prevent 260,000 people from losing government food assistance.  That gives the state a year to prepare these individuals for the job market.  Under federal law, poor people without kids or significant health problems are cut off from food stamps after 3 months.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has backed off a no-overtime policy for workers who care for disabled residents in their homes.  The Department of Human Services announced Wednesday it will seek a policy through an administrative rules process with the Illinois Legislature's consent. 

The decision was publicized just hours before the home-care workers' union - SEIU Healthcare Illinois - planned to file a class-action lawsuit challenging the rule's legality. 

Illinois legislators today approved stopgap funding for human services.  After ten months without state funding, after-school programs, local health departments and substance abuse treatment centers are in critical condition.  Democratic Representative Greg Harris says it would pay social service organizations just under half of what they're owed.

Lawmakers' latest bid to mitigate the damage of the budget impasse centers on helping social services.

Court orders have kept money flowing to certain social services, but many others have had to scale back or close after waiting more than ten months for the state to pay their bills. These autism, drug-treatment, and housing programs would get about $700 million under a measure advanced on a bipartisan basis by an Illinois House committee.

Rauner hopeful for budget deal by end of next month

Apr 27, 2016

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful he and Democratic lawmakers can reach a 2-year budget deal by the end of next month.   The state's already gone 10 months without a budget and that's left higher education and human services crippled. 

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A recent agreement means that, despite the budget impasse, Illinois will fund services for disabled babies. But therapists and children who rallied at the Statehouse today say their worries aren't over.

Illinois stopped funding Early Intervention from July until last week. Maggie Lay says therapists who couldn't afford to work without paychecks stopped seeing her daughter, Tessa.

Tessa is 21 months old and has Down Syndrome. During the rally to preserve those services, Tessa hugged her mom and munched on a Ritz cracker.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An Illinois House committee has passed a plan to pay for emergency food assistance, mental health and other services during the state budget stalemate. The House Executive Committee's 7-0 vote Thursday sends the $3.8 billion spending plan to the full House. It's not known when the House will vote.

The measure also provides $1 billion for lottery payouts. It has already passed the Senate.

Republican Rep. Michael Tryon of suburban Crystal Lake questioned passing the bill when the state lacks money to pay for it. Rauner has indicated he'll veto it. 

Illinois Senate Democrats have advanced a plan to pay for human services during a state budget impasse.  A committee voted 6-3 Wednesday to advance $1.8 billion in general revenue spending and $2 billion in other state funds for child care, cancer screening, immunizations, autism treatment and more. 

Illinois House Democrats have sent a clear message to Gov. Bruce Rauner that they disagree with his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget.

Lawmakers to determine where to cut spending

May 20, 2013

Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead.  As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending. 

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