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Explaining Springfield To An 8-Year-Old: ‘Sometimes Money Runs Out Of Things And They Have To Wait To Build Back Up’

There are everyday people whose lives are changing as a result of the state’s budget problems. We’re collecting stories of people Caught in the Middle. 

With no state budget, a program that would bus Chicago kids to visit their incarcerated mothers stalled months ago. To Pearl Mullen, who’s taking care of her grandchildren while her daughter is in prison, it’s meant her grandkids haven’t seen their mother in four months. WBEZ’s Tony Arnold has been keeping in touch with Mullen over the last few months, and found out there’s a new bus program starting up. 

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