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Budget impasse testimonies presented to IL lawmakers


For many health and social service agencies across southern Illinois, it’s been a tough year.

Many believe that’s due to the now five-month-long budget stalemate in Springfield.

On Monday in Carbondale, dozens of representatives from those agencies gave lawmakers a piece of their mind.

Panel after panel of social service representatives convened for four hours in front of State Senators Gary Forby (D) of the 59th district, David Luechtefeld, (R) of the 58th district, and chairperson/state senator Daniel Biss of the 9th district.

Many panels’ stories sung the same tune of jobs lost, services cut, and citizens growing impatient.

Some of whom were from the Southern Illinois Family Counseling Center, where 37 employees were laid off following the impasse.

 “We end up being the life-line for a lot of folks in our area,” explained director Sherrie Crabb, “and in an area that’s been stricken with very few resources.”

 “This is the story of southern Illinois, that this budget is hurting everybody,” Forby said.

 “So there’ll have to be some real compromises to finally dig out way out of this,” Luechtefeld said, “but that has to be from both sides.”

Crabb’s agency is also covering people once served by the Delta Center in Cairo, which closed following the impasse.

Some political analysts say they don’t expect a consensus for at least a few months, and disbursement of funds following an agreed-upon FY-2016 budget would take roughly two months.

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