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Friday, Jun 24, 2016

* Dewitt Daily News

Another DeWitt County resource has announced an end to their services due to the lack of the state budget.

PATH Senior Services, which provides various forms of assistance to local seniors, will end their services effective immediately in DeWitt, McLean and Livingston Counties. According to Executive Director of PATH, Karen Zangerle, this cut is going to impact a number of vital services for seniors. Because of this, PATH Senior Services at the DeWitt County Friendship Center will cease.

* Meanwhile, the media is finally starting to catch up on that United Way survey from two days ago, but the largest outlets are still ignoring it…

* Survey: Budget impasse has cut off services for 1 million

* Survey: Nearly 1 million human service clients affected by budget impasse

* One Million Without Services Thanks To Budget Impasse

* Editorial: Agencies reaching point of no return over budget mess

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - Handle Bar Mustache - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:48 am:

    Let’s see if any local republican elected officials say shame on the governor and/or legislature. I won’t hold my breath.


  2. - wordslinger - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:48 am:

    –Meanwhile, the media is finally starting to catch up on that United Way survey from two days ago, but the largest outlets are still ignoring it…–

    By any journalistic standard, the United Way announcing that one of every 13 Illinois citizens has lost services due to the state not honoring its contracts is a huge story.

    What possible explanation could there be for spiking such a story, other than ownership being in the tank for Rauner?


  3. - steward - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:50 am:

    But once downstate schools finally have the right to privatize janitorial services this impasse will have been totally worth it…

    /s


  4. - Langhorne - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:57 am:

    Jim, christine, thats ONE MILLION.
    Is this what “winnin’” looks like?
    Or just a necessary shakeout of excess social service providers?

    You may have tons of cash for elections, but what will your message be–we need more of the incompetent people who destroyed social services, starved higher ed, and couldn’t pay bills? Yeah, give me more.


  5. - Huh? - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:57 am:

    Sigh. Moment of silence. Shake of the head. RIP.

    Where is 1.4% compassion for those in need and are unable to take care of themselves?

    What does it say about us as a society when we won’t care for our elders, poor, sick and lame?


  6. - Keyrock - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 8:59 am:

    Word, the answer to your question may be “TRONC.”
    That’s claimed to be the answer to all journalistic questions, isn’t it?


  7. - X-prof - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 9:08 am:

    Harvard Business Review v Tronc: https://hbr.org/2016/06/troncs-data-delusion


  8. - pundent - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 9:09 am:

    =Meanwhile, the media is finally starting to catch up on that United Way survey from two days ago, but the largest outlets are still ignoring it…=

    I know that Pfleger’s comments were seen as way over the top by many earlier this week, but when we think about how the media has covered this aspect of the crisis I think I can see his point. The only way to get the media and particularly the large outlets to pay attention is to do or say something outrageous. Absent that it’s an endless stream of “fire Madigan” and “reforms”.


  9. - Anonymous - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 9:21 am:

    -What possible explanation could there be for spiking such a story…- Bruce Rauner and the statewide media empire he controls…


  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 9:42 am:

    Ron Sandack finds this frustrating.

    Right? Exactly right.


  11. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 10:15 am:

    The depth of this calamity just keeps growing. How do we call ourselves civilized when we allow the elderly and vulnerable be on the knife’s edge of sacrifice–the first to suffer and lose?

    We should never put our most vulnerable and sickest on the knife’s edge like this until, at the very least, those like Rauner, Griffin and wealthy corporations who can most easily pay more in taxes are made to do so.

    This calamity in large part has been forced upon our most vulnerable residents by our wealthiest and most powerful.


  12. - James Knell - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    Ho Hum… Brexit, immigration, AirBnB, Uber, Lyft, blah, blah, blah… you’d think that no one uses these programs and no one cares. Are reporters tired of being forced into the “false equivalence” because no one is allowed to say, the math says a tax increase is necessary? Math, afterall, has become a matter of opinion.


  13. - facts are stubborn things - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 10:57 am:

    I think the “Rauner cure” is worse then the “Dems disease”. you don’t kill the patient to heal them. Gov. Rauner let our people go and set down and hammer out a tough “cuts and revenue” budget and then make the election all about your “turn around agenda”. You need to be able to count and the Dems have way to many members to leverage the budget to achieve your agenda. Do your job and get a budget and then fight the fight. I know, then you loose leverage, however, it is leverage you have no right to as hostages are hurting and dying.


  14. - Anon221 - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    From the DeWitt Daily News post- Like many organizations, the last year has been a real struggle to keep services intact. Zangerle indicates federal funds have gone away as well because of the state’s incompetence. (Listen to the audio following that quote.)

    *****
    Heroic transformation there Rauner! /SNARK


  15. - Honeybear - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 11:18 am:

    This just in. There are no homeless shelter for men in East St. Louis, IL. The nearest one is in Alto where they’ll have to compete for 42 beds, first come first serve. It’s currently in the nineties today. This is what happens when you gamble with lives.


  16. - Mama - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 11:23 am:

    How many people will have to die before the powers to be does something about it?


  17. - Albany Park Patriot - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 11:35 am:

    I don’t get why the big media outlets are ignoring this. This seems like a pretty big deal.


  18. - Anon221 - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 12:46 pm:

    Update on DeWitt County Friendship Center and PATH-

    http://dewittdailynews.com/local-news/260370


  19. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 1:51 pm:

    Where will these “customers” go? Surely the “market” will provide what they need? cc: Bruce V. Rauner


  20. - Nick Danger - Friday, Jun 24, 16 @ 2:49 pm:

    All because of one hard-headed elected official. If he would just put the state and its citizens ahead of his personal interests. Can’t he see what his willful blindness is doing to the innocents?

    pick one:

    Speaker Madigan__ Gov. Rauner___


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