Budget impasse hitting social service agencies hard

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CHICAGO -- The budget impasse in Springfield is now hitting social service agencies hard, including Children's Home and Aid, an organization that aims to keep kids out of the juvenile justice and foster care systems.

In less than three weeks, the non-profit is shutting down its crisis intervention program that helps teen runaways.

“Many of these kids have been homeless, many of them have been locked out we have families in crisis,” said Nancy Ronquillo, CEO of Children’s Home and Aid. “We know when we have the opportunity to reach those kids we can find solutions.”

It's been nearly eight months now -- and no budget deal is in sight. Senate President John Cullerton blames it on the governor. Cullerton spoke to the Chicago City Club on Monday. He says he's also frustrated with the situation.

“The governor is not agreed to supporting the budget and making up the difference until we pass some of his turnaround agenda items and that's been the nature of the problem,” Cullerton said.

Social service agencies feeling the pinch hope for a solution fast.. So those most at risk don't have to suffer.

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