ELGIN, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger on Thursday toured the Community Crisis Center in Elgin and discussed the impact the state’s budget impasse is having on domestic violence providers and other nonprofits in Illinois.
Without a budget in place, the state is legally not able to pay domestic service providers for work they have done since July 1. As a result, some centers have had to dig deep into their cash reserves, others have had to lay off workers and cut services, and others have closed their doors. Thousands of victims of domestic violence are going unserved.
“Ironically, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” Munger said. “The best way toÂ acknowledge and honor the efforts of our domestic violence providers this month is to pass a balanced budget so they can continue providing critical services to women and children in need.”
The state is operating under a series of court orders, consent decrees and continuing appropriations requiring it to pay about 90 percent of its bills at last year’s rates, despite projections showing a $5 billion decline in revenue. Domestic violence providers are part of the 10 percent not covered by any court orders. For those eligible for payments, Munger has prioritized nonprofits serving children, the elderly, people with disabilities and other most vulnerable residents.
Still, the consequences of the budget impasse are seen on a daily basis across the state, Munger added. Nonprofits are cutting services and some are closing. College students are not receiving their promised grant money. And local governments are struggling to keep 911 Emergency Call Centers operating.
“This is not a game, people are being hurt by the stalemate in Springfield,” Munger said. “Enough is enough. It is time for the General Assembly and the Governor to come together and pass a budget so we can fund our critical services.”