An AP story "Despite windfall, Illinois still to lag on bills," about additional funds made available to pay some of the state's bills received wide circulation through the state and in other parts of the country, including South Carolina, Missouri and San Francisco and New York on June 9 and 10. In addition to Public Radio affiliate WBEZ, the AP story was also picked up by 32 newspapers in Illinois and other states and 12 TV stations.
In a May 8 blog posting on the Daily Herald's website, "Another reminder why the state budget matters," a reporter discusses the impact of too-little, too-late payments to LSSI and other providers with comments from Daniel Schwick, vice president of church and public engagement.
Problems that parents have in finding mental health services for their children was the topic of a May 7 story, "IL Mental Health System 'On the Critical List,'" produced by the Illinois Public News Service. LSSI's Karah Kohler was quoted in the article, and said that the governor's budget proposes to cut $2 million from SASS – which works with children who are in crisis – at a time when its caseload has doubled in two years. The story was picked up by 35 radio stations throughout the state.
A story on the May 8 Rally for Human Care, which was held the same day and as part of Lutheran Day, was distributed by the Illinois Radio Network to 60 affiliate stations, including WBBM in Chicago, WJBC in Bloomington, WDWS in Champaign and WTAX in Springfield. Listen to this version posted on the Alton Daily News.