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Evanston city officials say housing for 2,500 residents of nursing homes, mental health facilities and supportive housing services in Evanston is at risk because of the state budget impasse.

In a recent meeting with State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview), whose district includes parts of Evanston, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said that in addition to potentially leaving those residents homeless, closure of those state-funded agencies could cost 1,000 people their jobs.

“Many local communities depend on state funding to provide services and invest in their community,” said Fine in a statement. “The longer this budget impasse continues, the more damaging the effects will be on the middle-class families we serve.”

The city also risks losing $625,000 each month from the Local Government Distributive Fund, a revenue sharing agreement for the state income tax funds, money used to provide sanitation and snow removal and other services.

Other state grants at risk help pay for infrastructure projects, including work to improve Evanston’s water mains..

The mayor said that cuts in state aid to mass transit agencies could lead to service cuts that would disproportionately affect students, seniors enrolled in reduced fare programs and paratransit riders.

“I will continue to work with my colleagues to find a way to continue providing services to seniors, people with developmental disabilities and other vulnerable individuals and taxpayers, while a final budget is still being discussed,” Fine said. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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6 Comments

  1. Maybe our state reps should

    Maybe our state reps should tell Madigan to stop making deals with the unions and make a deal with our governor.

    1. and Tell Madigan to retire
      Maybe our State Reps should tell Madigan it’s time for him to retire.
      Our State Reps are dealing with the problems he created.
      Time for a new generation of leadership in Springfield.

      1. Maybe Rauner, whose own

        Maybe Rauner, whose own budget was out of balance and very close to Madigan's and has said he is willing to raise taxes, should just cut the deal and stop trying to eliminate unions in Illinois.  When the tax rate was 5% Illinois was paying its bills and not putting homeless and disabled on the street.

        1. Ya, there is only a small

          Ya, there is only a small difference between the Rauner and Madigan budgets. Ii was only a little over 2 billion. That is a lot to me but it sounds like it may only be a small amount to you. Maybe you would like to chip in to narrow the gap..

          At a 5% tax rate we were keeping even with new bills but were losing ground to those ridiculous union pensions. Quinn also started handing out grants to any group that would vote for him during the 6 months prior to election day with money the state didn't have.

      2. Right church, wrong pew

        State reps cannot tell Madigan to retire.  That power is soley in the hands of his district voters.

        1. Party line

          Correct State Reps cannot tell Madigan to retire (actually can but he don't have to listen). But State Reps don't have to vote straight party line. WHen  Madigan tells them jump they don't have to ask how high. 

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