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Editors Note:  Stretched Thin is an ongoing series of interviews with those managing social service agencies through an unprecedented state budget stalemate.  

The CEO of the Baby Fold said she is thrilled that higher education received part of its needs from the state, but human services is at the end of the line. In another part of the GLT series Stretched Thin, Charlie Schlenker talked with Diane Schultz, who said the Baby Fold had already downsized its residential treatment effort and laid off 20 people starting last June.

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Legislative leaders gave mixed reviews to the latest discussions with Gov. Bruce Rauner to negotiate an end to Illinois' epic budget standoff with any optimism tempered by skepticism about a possible compromise.  

Republican House Leader Jim Durkin said after the meeting Tuesday he was heartened by Democrats' willingness to discuss the pro-business reforms Rauner wants as a condition to an agreement. But after the meeting, House Speaker Michael Madigan said in a statement that progress on a budget is possible when Rauner ``sets aside his agenda.''  

YWCA of McLean County

Editors Note:  "Stretched Thin," is examining the effect of the state budget impasse on local social service agencies to put a human face on how the stalemate is affecting the daily lives of Illinois residents.
The McLean County YWCA is mandated by the state of Illinois to offer a variety of services to adult residents who are elderly or disabled. But in a Catch 22 for the agency, the state has not provided funding for these services for several months, according to Liz German, the YWCA's vice president for operations.

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Editors Note:  "Stretched Thin," is examining the effect of the state budget impasse on local social service agencies to put a human face on how the stalemate is affecting the daily lives of Illinois residents. 

The head of the Children's Home and Aid Society in Bloomington says the last ten months has done a lot to her organization. During Sound Ideas, Lisa Pieper talked WGLT's Charlie Schlenker about the impact on human services from the state budget standoff over Governor Rauner's turnaround agenda.

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers known as the Budgeteers has forwarded a draft of an outline of a spending plan to the Governor and legislative leaders. It includes spending cuts and revenue increases, but not Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed reforms to the structure of state government.

Illinois State Capitol exterior
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The Illinois House has approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have not received funding since last summer because of the state's budget stalemate.  

The proposal would fund 46 percent of what human service programs expected to receive had the state budget taken effect July 1.  No one voted against the measure but three lawmakers voted ``present'' because they wanted some money to go to prisons or other programs.  

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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.

This is the latest bid to minimize the damage.

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Editors Note:  "Stretched Thin," is examining the effect of the state budget impasse on local social service agencies to put a human face on how the stalemate is affecting the daily lives of Illinois residents. 

A growing number of human service providers are suggesting Illinois residents express their dissatisfaction in the voting booth over the state's nearly year-long budget impasse.

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Editors Note:  Stretched Thin is an ongoing series of interviews with those managing social service agencies through an unprecedented state budget stalemate.

It's getting harder for rape victims to obtain free services in McLean County.

Despite signed contracts with the state, the Stepping Stones Rape Crisis program at the McLean County YWCA is operating with only half its annual $150,000 budget. Stepping Stones has contracts with the state to provide rape prevention classes, a 24-hour hotline, accompaniment to the hospital, and support throughout the prosecution of a case.

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Illinois health care providers say cutting Medicaid payments would bar low-income residents from getting the health care they need.

Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin has proposed legislation to give Governor Bruce Rauner extraordinary powers to cut the budget. That includes allowing the governor to adjust payment rates and to limit eligibility for services. 

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The State of Illinois is being sued for not paying some of its social service contractors. Lawmakers and the governor have not agreed on a budget in 10 months.

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Yet again, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Governor Bruce Rauner are at odds.  This time, over a constitutional amendment introduced by the Speaker.

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Editors Note:  Stretched Thin is an ongoing series of interviews with those managing social service agencies through an unprecedented state budget stalemate. 

After ten months without payment on signed state contracts, many social service agencies in Illinois have gone under. Others are scraping the bottom of their reserves. Some have taken out loans. Others are having difficulty because banks don't view the state as a good credit risk and doubt the agencies will be paid.

Rauner Takes Turnaround Agenda Tour To Peoria

May 3, 2016
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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner visited a startup incubator in Peoria Tuesday touting his pro-business agenda.
Governor Rauner greeted a room of young business owners, software developers and designers essentially saying 'I Was like you once.'
 
“I was a venture capitalist myself for 32 years before going into public service. I know firsthand how hard it is to start a business and build a business, how much risk and sacrifice and sweat and worry is involved in it,” said Rauner.
 

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Editors Note:  Stretched Thin is an ongoing series of interviews with those managing social service agencies through an unprecedented state budget stalemate.

The state budget crisis is eroding social service agencies. The political standoff over Governor Rauner's turnaround agenda is also reshaping the way the state functions in unintended and potentially long lasting ways.

Illinois State University

ISU Trustees will consider a three percent tuition hike for incoming students. Fees would also rise by three percent. Room and board would go up one percent.

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As the state budget impasse has entered an eleventh month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's hopeful a "grand bargain" can be worked out by the end of May.  But, he's leaving the bargaining to others.

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Illinois lawmakers have approved a $600 million short-term funding infusion for higher education institutions that have been struggling financially due to not receiving state money during the state budget impasse.

Two State Parks Close

Apr 21, 2016
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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area and Horseshoe Lake State Park are closing indefinitely.

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Non Tenure Track professors at ISU are showing solidarity with their counterparts at other budget strapped campuses with a demonstration on the quad.

Higher Ed Budget To Governor

Apr 13, 2016
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The Illinois Senate has moved swiftly to approved a spending plan the House passed just Tuesday.

Illinois State Capitol exterior
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Illinois' governor and the four top legislators are currently meeting, in capitol.  It's their first group gathering since December.         

Illinois is midway through a tenth month without a budget.  That's unprecedented -- here and elsewhere in the U.S. The legislative leaders and Gov. Bruce Rauner are finally set to talk again about it.

Just hours earlier, however, while speaking to a business group, the governor didn’t have much good to say about the leaders with whom he'd soon be meeting.

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There's evidence the state budget standoff is hurting the economy in Illinois and in Bloomington Normal.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University is planning to enroll students for the fall semester of 2016 who are due to receive state funding through the Monetary Award Program.

During GLT's Sound Ideas, President Larry Dietz said the university has no plans to block enrollment of about 4,000 students who pay for tuition, fees and other expenses through so-called MAP grants.

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As part of the general budget planning process Illinois State University goes through every year, the administration offers guidance to Deans and Department Chairs to come up with spending plans.

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In a year with no state budget and no prospect of a budget for next year, Illinois State University is taking its best guess at planning for the future.

Late-payment penalties have cost Illinois more than $900 million over the last six years, according to new figures from the state comptroller's office. The penalties for paying bills late cost the state about $160 million during the 2014 fiscal year.

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Part-time classes for older Unit 5 students could be coming to the district's schools.

Unit 5 parents and children begin this week knowing school will start at different times in the fall and buses will run different schedules. But, there are more cost-cutting measures coming, according to Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel, including perhaps three-day-a-week school and charging more for activities and sports.

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The District 87 School Board has approved issuing annual Reduction In Force notices to eight people. It's part of what has become an annual exercise for many school districts who are legally required to issue layoff notices if they are to avoid guaranteeing a job for the fall.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz says it's beyond time for an end to the state budget impasse.

Speaking during GLT's Sound Ideas, Dietz said some state government leaders may be under the impression something "bad" hasn't happened on college campuses across the state. He was referring to the lack of agreement on funding for the Monetary Award Program for low-income students.

But Dietz says a missing budget is already devastating to colleges and universities that rely on state funding to provide a quality education.

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