Illinois: HIV/AIDS Services Survive Governor's Cut
August 10, 2009
Under a plan released July 31, Gov. Pat Quinn ensured that state funding for HIV/AIDS services will remain essentially intact in the new fiscal year.
The plan still leaves about $1.4 billion in unmet needs. And other social service programs, including substance-abuse prevention agencies, experienced deep funding cuts.
"The governor's decision ensures that HIV prevention and care services for people living with and at risk of HIV will continue largely uninterrupted," said Mark Ishaug, president and CEO of AIDS Foundation of Chicago. "We are enormously grateful to Gov. Quinn for ensuring essential HIV/AIDS services continue, despite these difficult economic times."
The FY 2010 budget has been criticized for borrowing heavily to pay the state's bills and for offering no sustainable solution to Illinois' cycle of financial crises. Quinn's plan notes that the budget does not include funds to pay down $3.9 billion that the state owes, much of it to small nonprofits like HIV/AIDS service providers.
Windy City Times (Chicago)
08.05.2009; Sam Worley
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.