Quinn avoids specifics about proposed social service cuts

February 25, 2011

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn said cuts to state-funded drug and alcohol rehab centers won't be as deep as originally feared. Quinn's office had proposed major financial cuts to social services. But Quinn said the cuts aren't final yet.

"It's a dialogue. It's an ongoing process. It's a day-to-day process," Quinn said. "We want to make sure that we get through this fiscal year on to the next fiscal year."

Quinn wouldn't say just how deep this year's budget cuts will go.

The state has informed some addiction services their government funds will end March 15th. Advocates say the cuts would end services for 55,000 people and would mean layoffs for 5,000 workers.