Damage Done: Rauner Administration Leaves Contracts for Social Services in Limbo

“Services May Be Disrupted Yet Again” Under Rauner’s Failed Leadership

Chicago, IL – A wide range of social services “may be disrupted yet again” after the Rauner administration failed to quickly renew state contracts, leaving thousands of Illinoisans across the state in limbo. Contracts for services for children with autism and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as after school programs for at-risk youth are being held up by Bruce Rauner and his staff.
 
The Hope Institute for Children and Family Services was already forced to disrupt critical autism therapy services, impacting 20 to 30 families. 3,000 to 4,000 children throughout Illinois may face similar cuts in services. Leigh Grannan, the director of The Hope clinic in Springfield and Edwardsville, described the pain being felt by Illinois families:


“It’s been a pretty emotional past couple of weeks,” Grannan said. “I’ve had in my office two moms crying and letting me know that this is the only thing that’s helping their child.”

 
“A governor with any sense of decency would do everything in his power to get Illinoisans the services they need to build better lives, but Bruce Rauner has already moved on to his next crisis,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “It's disgraceful that Rauner is more focused on creating a new crisis than providing critical treatment and support for Illinois families.”

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Anna Rosenfeld