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.
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