Illinois Lawmakers Under Pressure to Agree on a Budget

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“Do something! Something can be done!”

A passionate plea from Ruth Fairchild, one of many laid off care providers in the Stateline who are struggling to make ends meet as Illinois prepares for a possible second year without a budget.

Many like her have lost their positions, and social service providers haven’t seen a dime since last July.

“That put me out of work,” said Pastor Gwen Morris.  “But it did not stop me from helping my sister. I still have to do what I have to for her without pay, because I love her.”

Like Pastor Morris, many are still working to find ways to provide services to those who need it.

“So being compassionate and loving what I do, I take the time to do it even if I’m not paid for it,” said Raven Clay, a direct support worker and physician’s assistant.

“If they don’t come to help me, I could not survive without the help,” said one wheelchair bound resident, Ruth Paka. “I need the help.”

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and the democratic legislature have been deadlocked on a new spending plan since they failed to agree on a budget a year ago.

“We need these services, please come and help us,” said Raven, referring to Governor Rauner. “Soften your heart and open up your eyes, because when you leave that office, we are still in debt.”

But many don’t think it’s just Rauner to blame.

They say the democrats have also played their part in the deadlock as well.

“I think the democrats need to try a bit harder to work with the governor,” said one Rockford resident, Rod Schwandt.

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