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
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

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 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.