(CBS) — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says Governor Rauner’s inaction has led to the shutdown of dozens of social service programs.
On Friday Lutheran Social Services announced it will close 30 programs and lay off 750 employees.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Wednesday Morning
Without a state budget, programs and staff had to be cut. Now Sheriff Dart and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are speaking out.
In a statement, Dart says the cuts were due to the shameful inaction of Governor Bruce Rauner.
“Our Governor frequently touts his business acumen and data-driven approach to public policy. I would love for him to show me the data proving that his stubborn refusal to consider the interests of the most vulnerable among us does anything other than destroy lives and swell our criminal justice system,” said Sheriff Dart. “Lutheran provides essential services to the very people government is supposed to care for in times of distress. For the Governor to allow these programs to wither way is simply deplorable. Without Lutheran’s diversion programs, my Cook County Jail population will rise, costing taxpayers significantly more in both the short-term and long-term.”READ MORE: Man Shot And Killed Inside Brighton Park Home