Another national report with grim information for Illinois’ budget picture. We’re seeing the outfall here in Streator as we try to get the state to pay at least some of the bills we’ve sent. Already we’re borrowing money (and paying interest) to pay our employees and other bills. We’re not unique.
This really isn’t news to anyone who receives funding here in Illinois. Between being at the bottom of the list in terms of funding community services for people with developmental disabilities and near the top of the list of states in financial peril, where does that leave agencies who depend on state funding to serve people with disabilities? We keep reminding ourselves not to worry overmuch: finish worrying about this fiscal year before worrying the next. But that next year is looming as a frightening thing.
SU received a payment of $789.64 from the State of Illinois. This doesn’t make much of a dent in the more than $500,000 they are behind on paying us, but it does cover the interest on the money we borrowed in October and November (so far) to stay current on our own payroll and bills.
You can find the complete states-in-peril report on this page.
At today’s meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Streator Executive Director John Mallaney presented SU’s Annual Report and gave a brief update. Stephanie Harcharik then spoke about customized employment and how it can be a positive thing for both businesses in Streator and people with disabilities.
SU is a featured presenter at the 2009 Illinois Transition Conference. We’ll be talking about our participation in the RICES (Rural Illinois Customized Employment Sustainability) Project. We’re listed under Program Information, then click on November 9 and scroll down.
The Times published an article referencing our Annual Report this weekend.
Streator Unlimited’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2009 is available. It is on the “Documents and Reports” page.
The Streator Unlimited Foundation is having a chicken dinner from 3-6 pm on Sunday, November 8, at the Kanley Inn. Tickets are $7.50 and are available at SU.
Here is the latest newsletter from Illinois Voices, the statewide self-advocacy initiative. This issue is especially good because its the first since their funding was restored (through December, at least) and because there are submissions featured by three different Streator authors! Illinois Voices Listserve – October 2009
Executive Director John Mallaney was featured in the Spotlight profile in The Times today.
We’re hosting a Business Luncheon from noon to 1:00 at Bruce Township on Wednesday, September 30. Beth Keeton, consultant for our Customized Employment project will speak on the hiring of people with disabilities. We’ll have subs from Grant Street for lunch. There is no charge to attend. Beth is a knowledgable and interesting presenter, and does consultation work across the county.
Please give a little thought to this question on your drive or walk to the training: what would you do for your business if you had $10,000?