CHICAGO (CBS) — The mayor of one of Illinois’ largest cities has called for social service agencies to come together for a summit to discuss the squeeze in funding from Springfield.
Elgin Mayor David Kaptain said he’s worried if the state’s budget stalemate continues, with countless social service agencies struggling to keep their heads above water without vital state funding, Elgin needs to be ready.READ MORE: Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church In Suburban Beecher Burns Down In Fire
“The state’s going to fail us. Maybe not this year, or next year, but sometime they’re going to fail us with this. It’s just becoming difficult for them to provide us funding. One of the first places they look is social services,” he said.
Many groups that provide services to the mentally ill, drug addicts, and others have been deprived of state funds they need to operate while the governor and lawmakers have failed to agree on a state spending plan.READ MORE: Man Killed, 3 Women Injured After Shooting And Crash In West Chatham
“Social service agencies that I’ve talked to are kind of all across the board. Some have some reserves that they feel may get them through part of next year. Others are pretty well stretched already,” Kaptain said.