Your NPR news source

Despite Temporary Budget, Many Illinois Groups Still Hurting

Illinois finally has a state budget--at least until November. But some groups who are depending on state money say they’re still struggling.

In the Rockford area, the budget impasse meant the shuttering of a program that helped kids stay out of jail and saved the state money.

John Johnson, juvenile services coordinator for Winnebago County, says six months of funding doesn’t really do them much good.

“It took us a year to build the program before, and I’m assuming it will take us at least that long to get it back up and running again,” he said.

And Johnson says since the program - called Juvenile Redeploy - closed in October, they’ve seen more juvenile crime.

Hear a longer conversation with Johnson here.


SHARE Despite Temporary Budget, Many Illinois Groups Still Hurting
For Some Illinois Kids, Budget Battle Means Going to Prison Instead of Home

Philip Graceffa. Graceffa says he got his life on track with the help of Redeploy Illinois, a program that was shuttered across the state because of the budget impasse.

WBEZ/Patrick Smith

Illinois finally has a state budget--at least until November. But some groups who are depending on state money say they’re still struggling.

In the Rockford area, the budget impasse meant the shuttering of Redeploy Illinois, a program that helped kids stay out of jail and saved the state money.

John Johnson, juvenile services coordinator for Winnebago County, says six months of funding doesn’t really do them much good.

“It took us a year to build the program before, and I’m assuming it will take us at least that long to get it back up and running again,” he said.

And Johnson says since the program closed in October, they’ve seen more juvenile crime.

Hear a longer conversation with Johnson here.

Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him @pksmid.

The Latest
A report says US police departments face a three-fold crisis: an erosion of community trust, a violent-crime surge, and dwindling police staffing. Host: Mary Dixon; Reporter: Chip Mitchell
David Brown was appointed superintendent of the Chicago Police Department less than three years ago.
The governor says he is visiting “liberal cities” who he says are too soft on crime.
The Bureau of Prisons is shutting down a unit at its newest penitentiary in Illinois, following an investigation by NPR and The Marshall Project that exposed it was rife with violence and abuse.