Ok everyone...I need your help. Social Service agencies in Illinois need your help. If you know anyone in your family, friends, etc that has a disability, then you can understand the need for specialized services for these individuals.
Our wonderful Governor made serious budget cuts to the social service agencies and resently both the House and the Senate voted to have the bill restored: SB 1103
The House and Senate came up with a plan to fund the bill and he is dragging his feet.
Please read below and make a call to the Governor! Please for me!
Call the Governor and urge him to sign SB 1103 into law TODAY! They are not very nice at the offices...but what the hell...you never know! I do appreciate anyone that calls!
"In a conversation with the Governor’s office today, IARF staff confirmed that a decision about further delay or implementation of the November 1st DD program rate cuts is still pending. The Governor’s office indicated that they did not plan to take any action on the Supplemental Appropriations bill (SB 1103) until at least November 15. As you know, this bill contains money to restore cuts to community services and in the case of DD, money to restore the reserve.
Discussions between the Governor’s office and the Department of Human Services are ongoing as they determine what effect the downturn in the economy might have on available revenues to sustain any restorations. Many of you may have read the Governor’s comments about the effects of the economy on the state budget in last week’s media reports. These comments highlight their thought process about how to sustain restorations for the long-term and avoid any further cuts in the short-term.
Despite our urging that the Funds Sweep bill (SB 790; PA 95-1000) provided the necessary resources for restorations, the Governor’s office is still cautiously considering their options for FY 2009.
IARF has been clear in our conversations with the Governor’s office on this issue- the General Assembly has provided the funding and spending authority as to how and which restorations should occur. The Governor should follow through and not re-think their intent.
We need you to call the Governor at 217-782-6830 in Springfield and 312-814-2121 in Chicago. You should reference you are contacting the Governor about restoration of cuts to the DHS budget; specifically DD, MH, and ASA services.
Record what the Governor’s office tells you in response to your request in voterVOICE. This helps IARF gather information to guide our statewide efforts.
Urge the Governor to immediately sign the Supplemental Appropriations bill (SB 1103) into law to restore cuts to community services back to annualized FY 2008 levels
Cuts to community services begin November 1, 2008. We cannot wait any longer for the Governor to take action!"