Illinois’ largest social services provider undergoing drastic cuts

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CHICAGO — In Uptown on North Kenmore lies one of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ buildings, where they provide drug and alcohol rehab programs. Those programs will be affected by budget cuts.

LSSI is the largest and oldest statewide provider of social services in the state, helping more 70,000 clients a year. Because of the seven-month budget deadlock in Springfield, the non-profit has lost $6 million in state funds, and now LSSI says it must make major cuts to stay afloat.

Within the next month, the organization plans to lay off 750 employees — that’s more than 40 percent of its work force — and cut services for 30 of its programs, affected about 4,700 clients.

The programs cut include those helping seniors, including home care–adult protective services, and closing the adult day care center in Moline.

Other services affected include a residential drug and alcohol rehab in Chicago and Elgin, and community counseling services and prisoner and family services.

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