Mixed Forecast

The Times has an article on Illinois’ ranking as the most broke state in the nation:
http://mywebtimes.com/archives/ottawa/display.php?id=437329

Those interested in lots of numbers can check out the Illinois Auditor General’s webpage:
http://www.auditor.illinois.gov/

We’ve been incredibly fortunate here at SU throughout the years-long state budget crisis. Yes, we’ve had serious funding cuts and have had to make a lot of sacrifices, but we’re still able to serve our people. We have the potential for revenue with our new shredding business, a $100,000 grant to support our services through June 30 of next year, and the support of an incredible community. All in all, we’re optimistic, though we know that clouds will hang over us until Illinois’ budget issues are addressed.

New Stuff

We received our new paper and hard drive shredders today.  These were paid for by ARRA funds to help  us start up a shredding business.  The hard drive shredder completely destroys computer hard drives so that no one can ever steal the data from them.

 

 

Workshop receives grant

SU received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2012, which began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2012.  The grant is for economic development.  Our goal is to maintain or increase the jobs we have available in the workshop.  The money must all be spent by the end of the fiscal  year.  The grant would not have been possible without the support of Representative Mautino and Mayor Lansford.

State of the States 2011

The annual State of the States Report is out . You can click through to find Illinois’ report. As in the past, it notes our high spending on expensive, outmoded institutional services and general lack of investment in community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

The United Cerebral Palsy website also has a link to a summary page. Illinois’ overall ranking is very close to the bottom at #48.

When resources are limited, as we know Illinois’ are, we must use them as effectively as possible.