ALTON — IMPACT CIL, 2735 E. Broadway, will be closing weekly on Fridays beginning Friday, Feb. 5, because of the state of Illinois budget impasse.
The office will remain closed on Fridays until funds owed are received or a state budget is passed. This will mean that all of the organization’s staff of 18 will be furloughed on Fridays, resulting in a 20 percent decrease of salary and individual services to consumers. The state owes IMPACT more than $100,000.
IMPACT CIL is a nonprofit, self-help advocacy organization operated by and serving individuals with disabilities of all ages in Madison, Jersey, Greene, Macoupin, Bond and Calhoun counties.
IMPACT CIL’s mission is to promote pride and respect for people with disabilities by sharing the tools that are necessary to take control of one’s own life. IMPACT CIL advocates full community participation, with supports, of all citizens.
IMPACT CIL saves the state money by assisting individuals with disabilities to live in the community instead of in nursing homes or institutions.
“It saddens and angers me that our state government has chosen to ignore and hold hostage services to individuals who need it the most,” Executive Director Cathy Contarino said.
In a related development, State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) issued a statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address Wednesday. The statement calls for a responsible state budget that protects essential services.
“Since May, I have supported many different spending plans that would fund the life-saving programs that our community members rely upon. Whether they are low-income college students, seniors or victims of sexual assault, they do not know whether they will have access to state services in a month.
“Our budget should be made by cutting government waste and closing corporate loopholes. It should not be done on the backs of the people who need our help the most. Today, the governor began his address by saying that we need to improve the quality of life for all families in Illinois, yet he keeps pushing an agenda that people across our state do not want. People have contacted my office, and I am sure many other legislators, since his last state of the state saying they oppose his proposals, yet once again he continues to push for drastic reforms that will reduce wages for hardworking men and women and send injured workers onto welfare.
“One of the best things about Illinois is that we take care of people who need us. I will continue to fight for these programs because cutting them in an extreme way would go against everything that our state was built on. I urge the governor to truly consider what is happening with our state, follow his own advice, and begin compromising on a responsible budget.”