NPR Illinois has launched their “Past Due Initiative”, a series covering the impact of our state’s historic budget impasse. The first story, Illinois Issues: the Costs of Doing Business without a Budget, examines the costs being incurred as the state remains without a fully funded, year-long budget. While the stop gap spending plan did appropriate funding for human services, organizations are expected to stretch funding for 12 months of services to cover an 18 month period. The severe funding cuts to human services and higher education has had an economic impact leading to less money flowing through local communities and economies. For example, after not receiving its usual funding from the state, Eastern Illinois University laid off nearly 400 employees and has experienced an enrollment decrease of 13 percent.
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