CHICAGO – Bruce Carter, executive director of the Wells Center in Jacksonville, told me his board has voted to postpone closing the center and he thanked me for our office’s help in trying to accelerate critical state payments to the non-profit.
I’m so happy our efforts helped convince the Wells Center to give it another try. People struggling with alcoholism or drug dependency in Central and Southern Illinois need a place to go for help and they should not suffer needlessly because a Governor won’t propose a balanced budget for legislators to act on.
I told Director Carter my staff stands ready to all we can to help the center continue offering services. The Wells Center is hardly alone among Illinois non-profits suffering from the late payments by the state because of our lack of a budget. This cannot go on and this path is truly unsustainable. If a budget is not passed soon, there will be a collapse of the social service network that cannot be turned back.
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