Damage Done: New Report Highlights How Rauner’s Crisis Hurt Women and Children

Chicago, IL — Today, Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children, and Loyola University’s Center for Urban Research and Learning released a new report detailing how Bruce Rauner’s 736-day budget crisis hurt women and children across the state.

Here are some of the ramifications of Bruce Rauner’s failed leadership:

  • 7,800 victims of domestic violence were left without shelter.
  • The state racked up bills forcing social service providers to wait an average of eight months for payments. 
  • Social service providers had to lay off workers and reduce services.
  • The number of women receiving lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings dropped by 34 percent.
  • 90 percent of homeless shelters had to reduce services or cut staff.
  • 30,000 children no longer qualify for child care assistance.

“Bruce Rauner decimated the services that help women and children build better lives, and it's clear that the damage is done,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Families were forced to suffer because Rauner treats people like numbers on a spreadsheet and families as pawns in his political games. Women and families deserve a leader that will fight for them, not for a political win."

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