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Employees laid off at Lessie Bates Neighborhood House due to Ill. budget issue

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The Illinois Comptroller came to East St. Louis on April 12 to announce 117 employees at the Lessie Bates Neighborhood House will be laid off.

Officials say the cuts will go into effect at the end of April.

The Illinois Comptroller sat down with more than a dozen organizations in East St. Louis hurt by the budget impasse. Many of those organizations showed their frustration with the state's money issue and told the comptroller they might have to shut their doors.

Bill Kreeb, President and CEO of Lessie Bates Neighborhood House said, “But the devastation and the suffering that's being caused to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society is just overwhelming.”

Leslie Munger, Illinois Comptroller said, “We should've had this done a long time ago. I wish I could say I knew when we would have a budget. The legislature by law was supposed to have a budget by the end of May last year [2015]. We don't have it.”

Illinois owes tens of millions of dollars to organizations who have been forced to cut services for the elderly, disabled, and even cuts in college education.

Munger apologized on behalf of the state and promised she will go back to Springfield with a renewed push for lawmakers to fix the money problems fast.

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