Skip to main content

WBEZ News

With No State Budget, Illinois Agencies Face High Turnover

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

Illinois organizations that care for people with developmental disabilities say their staff turnover is really high and positions are going unfilled. They say it’s hard to attract and retain a workforce, because the pay is too low. But wages are stuck and not going up, because with no state budget, these organizations can’t ask for more cash.

April Jennings worked with young people at Little City, a home for youth with developmental disabilities. But she recently left to work in St. Louis, where she can earn a much higher wage.

MORE STORIES FROM CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

We welcome your stories for this series. You can email us at caughtinthemiddle@wbez.org.  Be sure to include your name and contact information.

Shannon Heffernan is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her @shannon_h

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X