Illinois Poverty Growing as State Help Shrinking
State budget cuts are leaving many Illinois social services agencies scrambling, especially homeless shelters.
The result is many of the state's poorest and most vulnerable are left with fewer options and more uncertainty. This comes at a time when census data show Illinois' highest poverty rate in nearly two decades and a high jobless rate.
Legislators chopped the Department of Human Services budget by hundreds of millions of dollars, including $4.7 million for homeless services.
That includes money for REST Shelter in Chicago. It was once a 24-hour homeless facility for more than 100 people, but had to lay off workers and close during the day.
Toni Irving is Gov. Pat Quinn's deputy chief of staff. She says Quinn is trying to get money reallocated, but it's a difficult situation.