- Published: Thursday, September 24, 2015 04:56 PM
MARION – Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) toured Heartland Medical Center to learn more about how the lack of a state budget is affecting local businesses and residents throughout Southern Illinois.
Heartland Medical facility was updated 10 years ago and employs 700 doctors, medical professionals and staff. The hospital’s main concern is patient care. Without a budget in place and now state workers insurance claims not being paid, Senator Forby is concerned that residents in Southern Illinois will be forced to go without services and care.
“If we can’t help the neediest people in our community when they are suffering, what kind of people are we?” Senator Forby said. “Without a budget, we are cutting out patients. The governor's hung up on reforms that don’t have anything to do with passing the budget. It’s timefor the governor to put on his big boy britches and work with us on this budget."