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Haine visits Impact CIL to discuss effects of budget impasse

haine 062316 1ALTON – State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) continued his tour of human service agencies on Wednesday by visiting Impact CIL in Alton to see how the budget impasse continues to affect human service agencies and the citizens of his district.

Impact CIL, an organization that helps the disabled, currently has a sign posted on its front door that reads, “Due to the state budget impasse our office will be closed on Fridays until further notice.” A step inside and the employees and Executive Director Cathy Contarino will give testament to just how dire the situations is.

Collins urges Southside parents to attend meetings on lead in water

water fountainCHICAGO – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) is encouraging Southside parents and anyone concerned about lead found in drinking water at three 16th District elementary schools to attend meetings being held this week to discuss the problem. She also urged a speedy House vote on legislation the Senate passed last month to require lead testing in schools and improved communication with the public in the wake of the preventable drinking water disaster in Flint, Michigan.

Biss: Rauner has only himself to blame for Illinois’ crumbling human services

BissSEIU2CHICAGO – The consequences of kicking 55,000 children and their families out of a state child care assistance program rest squarely on the shoulders of Gov. Bruce Rauner, Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) said Wednesday.

“When it comes to decisions involving cuts to child care assistance, cuts to programs for our most vulnerable residents and abysmally low pay for home care workers, these are choices for which Bruce Rauner, and Bruce Rauner alone, is responsible,” Biss said.

“He is the appropriate person – in fact the only person – to call upon to stop the assault on the caregiving safety net in Illinois.”

Farmington students push lawmakers to improve education funding

koehler frmgtnSPRINGFIELD — Amid growing uncertainty about the future of education funding in Illinois, a groups of Farmington students recently traveled to the Capitol to lend their voice to the effort to overhaul how the state funds public schools.

“We are Illinois’ future. You should give us all a fair chance,” said Michael Morrison, 14, who will be a freshman at Farmington High School in the fall.

Morrison was among the students, teachers and administrators who observed proceedings and met with their local lawmakers during the last scheduled day of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session. Lawmakers later adjourned without sending a final education budget to the governor.