* Tony Arnold at WBEZ…
Organizations that serve victims of domestic violence are about to stop receiving money from the Illinois state government because lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner have not approved a full budget.
Last year when the state government faced a similar scenario, the Democrat-controlled legislature and Rauner struck a deal to release state funds for lottery winners, salt for roads and more than $18 million for domestic violence shelters.
Another deal was struck in June of 2016 for a six month spending plan for most state services.
But domestic violence organizations were not included in that plan.
Now, managers of domestic violence organizations are trying to figure out what happens if there is once again no state budget.
“It’s gonna be a hard year,” said Jane Farmer of the Turning Point program in Woodstock, Ill.
Farmer said last year, the organization received more than 2,600 crisis calls — and she’s expecting a similar number of calls in 2017. She said she is thinking of taking out a loan and leaving a position vacant until there’s a budget. […]
“We fully intend to pay all domestic violence programs that have contracts with the state in full once the General Assembly passes a balanced budget alongside meaningful structural reforms,” said DHS spokeswoman Meghan Powers in a statement.
2,600 crisis calls in a year in a picturesque village of 25,000 people.
And yet, no money.
We really need a budget.