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What Will Illinois Lose in the Sequester?

The state might take a crippling hit if congress does not act before Friday.

Deep, nationwide cuts are geared to take place March 1. They're the first of a decade-long $1.2 trillon budget cut plan poised to go into effect unless Congress can compromise on a deficit-reduction plan. 

Here’s what Illinois stands to lose, according to the White House:

  • Teachers and Schools: Illinois will lose approximately $33.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 460 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 39,000 fewer students would be served and approximately120 fewer schools would receive funding.
    • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Illinois will lose approximately $24.7 million in funds for about 300 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 3,280 fewer low income students in Illinois would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 2,650 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,700 children in Illinois, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Military Readiness: In Illinois, approximately 14,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $83.5 million in total.
    • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $19 million in Illinois.
    • Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Illinois would be cut by about $7 million.
    • Navy: Four planned Naval Station Great Lakes demolition projects ($2 million) could be canceled and a scheduled Blue Angels show in Rockford could be canceled.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Illinois will lose about $587,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Vaccines for Children: In Illinois around 5,230 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $357,000.
  • Public Health: Illinois will lose approximately $968,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Illinois will lose about $3.5 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,900 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Illinois State Department of Public Health will lose about $186,000 resulting in around 4,600 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: Illinois could lose up to $273,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1,000 fewer victims being served.
TheDoctor1963 February 28, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Sadly, no none is asking why the lawmakers aren't being hit in their pocketbooks (like withholding ALL pay starting midnight tonite until a deal is struck), removing any guards they might have, taking away ALL government cars (let them use their own), all government issued credit cards frozen, yada, yada.
BUTCH February 28, 2013 at 07:51 PM
if they did that Paul the POTUS would do what he could a done since the deal was struck get rid of it! EVERYONE is full of it!
JMC March 02, 2013 at 03:20 AM
So, let me get this straight... LESS than 3% of our taxes go towards helping children, the disabled, and poor survive- but you want to vomit out the ignorant factually unsound cliches complaining about that, RATHER than educate yourself on the FACTS concerning all of the businesses that receive literally BILLIONS of our tax dollars in corporate welfare ..?! How anyone can want to purposefully do more damage to those in need, when THEY did NOT cause this deficit, is beyond comprehension to those of us rationally minded people who want real solutions founded on logic and fact!
Rolan March 04, 2013 at 10:36 PM
@Just Me (and anyone who may be under-educated about "welfare"): I really encourage you to learn the facts about welfare: what programs exist, who is eligible, the time limits that are in place, the work requirements in place, and who is actually on "welfare." It is not as easy as you might think to participate in all of the programs, and there are time limits for some of them. Admittedly, there is waste in the programs. But there is waste in all levels of government, so why try to make cuts here first? I guess the problem for a lot of folks is the idea of working hard and then supporting someone who is not willing to work hard, but would rather just loaf. I understand that sense of unfairness, but I think it is misguided for two reasons. First, I think the poor are blamed for being poor, and being poor is associated with being lazy. The truth about poverty is not so simple. Second, welfare doesn't support most people entirely. Cash benefits are limited, and food stamps can only be used for food. A phone might be helpful, but you can't live on a phone. The programs are designed to provide assistance, not sustenance. People on "welfare" still pay sales taxes too, and in some cases income taxes. So we are not in actuality supporting people who don't want to work. We are assisting people while they find work or while they are in a tight spot. Let's make cuts in places where it won't hurt the vulnerable adults and children in our society.
Jason Brennan March 05, 2013 at 01:05 AM
We need to make cuts almost everywhere, there is too much waste almost everywhere. The only reason I made the comment about the abuse of the welfare system is because I've witnessed so much of it personally, that's all. When I go to the donut shop and the liquor store and see "link card accepted here" signs up, it kind of concerns me that this may not be the kind of "food" that these people really need, that's all, and when I have them offering to sell me these cards for a percentage of their value, and they are doing so on the streets wearing a higher value in clothing and teeth than my entire mortgage for 2 months, that kind of annoys me too. It's this kind of waste that I would like to see stop. It may be a small amount as a percentage of the entire waste but it bothers and probably affects my morale the most, I'd say. It also isn't fair to the people who really need welfare to allow this to happen. They could probably have a better chance to improve themselves if they didn't have to share all the welfare with these other abusive people.

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