Damage Done: Center for Developmentally Disabled Closes After Rauner Cuts

Even Pleas from Lawmakers Couldn’t Save the 32-Year-Old Center from Bruce Rauner

Chicago, IL – The Sunshine Activity Center will close its doors after the Rauner administration changed grant rules and eliminated all of its state funding. The center has been serving Illinoisans with developmental disabilities for 32 years, but Bruce Rauner still ignored pleas from lawmakers to preserve their funding.
DNAInfo reports that the center is “still reeling from funding gaps” during Rauner’s 736-day budget crisis and is now turning to online fundraising to pay off over $10,000 in debt before permanently closing on October 15. “Some of our people don't know where to go,” executive director Diane Gunaka told the publication.
“Bruce Rauner made agencies like Sunshine Activity Center scrape by for years and is now forcing them to close their doors,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Three decades of service to the community is brought to an end and Illinoisans with developmental disabilities are left without a place to go. That’s the damage done by this failed governor.”


Michael Berger