Six-Month Budget Approved for Illinois
After operating without a budget for a full year, the Illinois state legislature passed, and the governor signed, a 6-month budget on Thursday, June 30. The temporary budget includes funding for human service organizations, public schools and universities.
We are disappointed that a full-year budget was not passed, as this still leaves a great amount of uncertainty for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) and other human service providers," LSSI CEO Mark Stutrud said.
We thank everyone who has offered continued support, in whatever form that has taken, from contacting legislators, philanthropic contributions, and prayers. LSSI continues to use its mission as a guide and move forward even in tough circumstances, thanks in large part to the individuals, churches, staff, and clients who support us and believe in our mission.
While LSSI has faced difficult changes in the past year as a result of the budget impasse, those changes have provided an opportunity for innovation. The organization continues to explore new models of care to treat the whole person and develop partnerships for greater impact and lasting change.
Illinois is still without a budget! Every day people are being denied critical services because human service providers have had to lay off staff or close their doors entirely.
Currently, our large gap is money due to LSSI for a variety of programs that serve some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Our programs that support these individuals provide a safety net that is becoming more and more frayed as the uncertainty of the budget continues.
Your advocacy is still needed! There are several steps you can take to let state lawmakers know we need a state budget now!
- Download this insert and include it in your regular Sunday bulletin
- Call or write a letter to Governor Rauner
- Contact your state legislators