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What Will Illinois Lose in the Sequester?

The state might take a crippling hit if congress does not act before Friday.

Deep, nationwide cuts are geared to take place March 1. They're the first of a decade-long $1.2 trillon budget cut plan poised to go into effect unless congress can compromise on a defecit-reduction plan. 

Here’s what Illinois stands to lose, according to the White House:

  • Teachers and Schools: Illinois will lose approximately $33.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 460 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 39,000 fewer students would be served and approximately120 fewer schools would receive funding.
    • Education for Children with Disabilities: In addition, Illinois will lose approximately $24.7 million in funds for about 300 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.
  • Work-Study Jobs: Around 3,280 fewer low income students in Illinois would receive aid to help them finance the costs of college and around 2,650 fewer students will get work-study jobs that help them pay for college.
  • Head Start: Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 2,700 children in Illinois, reducing access to critical early education.
  • Military Readiness: In Illinois, approximately 14,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed, reducing gross pay by around $83.5 million in total.
    • Army: Base operation funding would be cut by about $19 million in Illinois.
    • Air Force: Funding for Air Force operations in Illinois would be cut by about $7 million.
    • Navy: Four planned Naval Station Great Lakes demolition projects ($2 million) could be canceled and a scheduled Blue Angels show in Rockford could be canceled.
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Funds for Crime Prevention and Prosecution: Illinois will lose about $587,000 in Justice Assistance Grants that support law enforcement, prosecution and courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.
  • Vaccines for Children: In Illinois around 5,230 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, influenza, and Hepatitis B due to reduced funding for vaccinations of about $357,000.
  • Public Health: Illinois will lose approximately $968,000 in funds to help upgrade its ability to respond to public health threats including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. In addition, Illinois will lose about $3.5 million in grants to help prevent and treat substance abuse, resulting in around 3,900 fewer admissions to substance abuse programs. And the Illinois State Department of Public Health will lose about $186,000 resulting in around 4,600 fewer HIV tests.
  • STOP Violence Against Women Program: Illinois could lose up to $273,000 in funds that provide services to victims of domestic violence, resulting in up to 1,000 fewer victims being served.
Dr Silicon February 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
What will the American's loose if we DON'T sequester and get serious about cutting government spending is a MUCH better question. Anyone who doesn't know the answer needs to pay attention to the EU, the current path of America. The President is attempting to make this as painful as possible, don't be a fool. We all lost 2% of our income January 1st, it's time for the Government to follow suit.
Mark D. February 27, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Sounds like groom and doom coming out of te White House. 2 % of government spending reductions doesn't mean we are going to have dig our own wells for drinking water or killers are going to be released from prison. Watching the "news" right now is comical. How do you extrapolate the number of people that will not get tested for HIV?? Come on.... I work in the medical device space. Our govt. imposed a 2.3% device tax on on the industry I work in. 30 billion in new taxes. What does that do to our innovation, hiring, ect? Ultimately, we must run more lean and efficient. We are a country divided. What is te solution to all these issues? Both paries need to address the waste and run lean. Closing loop holes, or simplifying the tax code makes sense. Maybe we need more tax rev. Across the board- Along with that, our government waste and spending problems has to be changed.

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