* Greg Hinz…
A new report (scroll down to read) I’ve obtained exclusively from the Illinois Partners for Human Services says agencies serving the disabled, elderly, poor and others collectively are responsible for $3.1 billion a year in direct spending and $1.4 billion in secondary spending. They employ 3.5 percent of the state’s workforce, roughly 169,000 people; and generate $597 million annually in state and local taxes. […]
What’s really fascinating, though, is that such spending, proportionally, tends to be concentrated not so much in Chicago and nearby suburbs, but in rural Downstate areas… Human service workers make up 2.9 percent of the workforce in Cook County but 4.3 percent in Gallatin County, 5.3 percent in Hardin County, 3.9 percent in Johnson County and 4.8 percent in Lawrence County, for instance.
And by Senate district, just five of the top 20 areas ranked by the economic impact of social service spending are located in Chicago, with six having Republicans serving as their senator. Among those is the district of Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno of Lamont, ranked 13th, with $73 million of such spending a year and 3,311 employees.
The full report is here.
* Meanwhile, remember last week when we discussed the human service groups’ messaging campaign?…
We are having far more success with our messaging about honoring contracts, and that paying people for the work they have done under legal contracts is just good business. I get media calls every single day now, from print, broadcast, radio, local, statewide, even national media.
The message that people should be paid for work done under legal contracts is a sticky message, and a non-controversial one. It is even a conservative one, if you think about it. And it resonates with people.
* Well, Crain’s ran an editorial over the weekend entitled “Can we trust a state that blows off its contracts?”…
Earlier this month, 64 social service nonprofits and for-profit companies that do business with the state of Illinois filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and the chiefs of six state agencies. They’re demanding what is rightfully theirs: prompt payment of more than $100 million owed them for services rendered, under contract, to the state’s least fortunate citizens over the past 10 months. […]
It’s time for the state to pay up, either by ending the long-running stalemate or by a judge’s order. A contract is the foundation of business. If the state can’t be trusted to do what it has promised, we all will face scarier consequences down the road.