Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Cuts Staff, Programs in Wake of Budget Stalemate

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Illinois’ largest provider of social services is letting go of nearly half of its staff and cutting dozens of programs, because state funds are not available.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) says it hasn’t received a payment in seven months and that the state owes it $6 million.

The group says it has existed on bank loans and reserve funds but, without a budget, LSSI says it’s fighting a losing battle. 

“We’ve hung on for a long time,” says LSSI CEO, Mark Stutrud.  “We’ve been hoping that the budget impasse would be resolved, so we can continue service.  But, at this point, we’ve really tipped over as an organization, from a cash perspective.”

One service that will remain up and running is foster care.  The State must continue funding it by law.

Here are the Stateline programs and services that are affected by LSSI’s announcement:

  1. Dixon General Counseling
  2. In-home Support Services for Seniors – Rockford, DeKalb, and Freeport
  3. Legacy Corps – Rockford
  4. School-based Counseling Services – Sterling
  5. Case Coordination – Sterling
  6. Adult Protective Services – Sterling

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