- Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015 11:52 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- As the budget impasse continues in Springfield, nonprofits and businesses providing vital services to women, children and people with disabilities are doing so without promised payments from the state.
Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) led two days of Senate hearings highlighting the consequences of these delayed and missing payments. He then helped pass legislation that would provide the authority to resume those payments to keep businesses open, allowing them to maintain employees and continue providing services ranging from breast cancer screenings for low income women to autism screenings and homeless youth services.
"We spent the last two days in the Human Services Committee hearing testimony about the human consequences of what is not currently authorized," Biss said during Senate debate. "And those human consequences would curdle your blood."
The legislation Biss helped approve would give Gov. Rauner’s administration and Comptroller Leslie Munger the authority they say they lack to make payments to providers given the absence of a state budget.