Local organizations, Senators weigh in on state budget impasse

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) --- A local organization that helps children and families deal with crisis' is speaking out about the effects of the state budget impasse on their services.

Maureen Mostacci says she's seen the number of clients grow in the past year at Rockford Sexual Assault counseling.

However, she feels the budget issues have made it difficult to serve them.

Before the impasse, Rockford Sexual Assault counseling received almost $200,000 from the state. This past year, Mostacci says they received only $57,000, forcing them to cut staff.

"That means longer waiting lists for children and adults who need the services," says Mostacci.

Senator Dave Syverson says the budget needs to focus on several key issues:
"Improve our jobs climate, make responsible cuts, reform government, and then raise taxes temporarily to make up for the shortfall,” says Syverson, adding that he believes Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan, is largely to blame for the stalemate,

"If he believes that, by having no budget, people will blame the governor, and that'll help him beat the governor in the election next year, then that's the problem."

Democratic State Senator Steve Stadelman thinks this thought process is ignorant.

"I think the days of playing the blame game or pointing fingers at the other side - that's gotta come to an end," says Stadelman. He continues, "The only way out of this impasse is to compromise and reach some middle ground."

No matter what the outcome, Mostacci just wants answers.

"The hardest part is trying to create a budget without knowing how much or, in this case, if there will be any money," Mostacci adds.

Powerball and Megamillions are threatening to drop Illinois if a budget isn't passed at the end of this month.

IDOT is also threatening to end road construction by the end of this month if no changes are made.