CHICAGO (CBS) — People in wheelchairs, people with guide dogs, and others representing those who need social services packed an Illinois Senate committee hearing room on Monday to testify about the impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.
Ivelisha Woods, a 22-year-old mother of three, said she’s basically been homeless since she was 12. She said she’s dependent on services for homeless youth provided by Unity Parenting, so she can eventually get out on her own.
“They’re helping me with affordable housing. They’re helping me with jobs. Sometimes they help me with the kids,” she said.
Rauner has proposed cutting social services funding to the homeless, the autistic, the mentally ill, and others by $423 million.
“This is a difficult time, and a difficult budget. As a result, difficult decisions must be made,” Acting Human Services Director Greg Bassi said.