(Springfield, IL) – February 16, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today presented his fiscal year 2012 Illinois budget to the Illinois General Assembly and—despite reams of rhetoric of spilt and spouted on his commitment to the most vulnerable of Illinois residents—he sliced hundreds of millions of dollars from Illinois human services budgets, leaving multitudes, including: infants, the infirm, the battered, the hungry, the old, and even the dead, adrift.
According to the Illinois House Democratic staff review of Quinn’s budget, the human service cuts include:
- Child Care Services–$333,344,000—gone.
- Put Illinois to Work–$107,000,000—gone and with that 22,000 jobs.
- Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services–$52,602,000—gone.
- Mental Health Grants–$33,472,600—gone.
- Aid to Aged, Blind, or Disabled–$14,907,400—gone.
- Funeral & Burial Expense Assistance–$3,43,900—gone.
- Mental Health Psychotropic Medications–$2,646,000—gone.
- Domestic Violence Shelters–$2,08,200—gone.
- The Children’s Place Association Pre-School for HIV/AIDS-affected toddlers–$492,400—gone.
- Home Delivered Meals to Seniors–$400,000—gone.
- Crisis Nurseries–$318,700—gone.
Well, you get the idea.
One Democratic lawmaker, tossing a budget briefing book in the air, said, “We busted our behinds for Quinn to increase the income tax and this is what we get?”
Illinois House and Senate appropriation committees will begin reviewing and voting on Quinn’s budget proposals in the coming weeks.