This morning, we ran some stories concerning how the lack of a state budget would affect several non-profits across Illinois, but we focused on family service agencies, in particular. There are several around Chicago, and each one of them is in a different financial situation. Here, then, is some of the audio from the interviews reporter Susie An and I were able to reach as they prepare for layoffs and cutting programs. Maria Whelan heads Illinois Action for Children. Like other organizations we talked with, Whelan says her organization can make it through July without a budget, but not much beyond that. Whelan supports Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed income tax increase, and puts the blame on state legislators for not stepping up. whelan-blog Nancy Ronquillo is the president and CEO of Children’s Home and Aid. nancy-blog And we briefly profiled Tony Kopera with the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. He outlined some cuts and layoffs that went into effect today over email.
- Intact Family Recovery - This program offers care and support to substance impacted children and their parents. Parents affected by cutting this program: 133 Staff laid off: 6
- Urban Systems of Care - This program offers outreach and engagement services to residents of poverty stricken areas of Chicago. Parents and children affected by cutting this program: 61 Staff laid off: 4.5
- Mental Health Juvenile Justice - This program offers support to mentally ill youth as they deal with legal issues in Cook County Courts and with their probation officers Youth affected by cutting this program: 60 Staff laid off: 4