010111LL0026MARION – 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."

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The budget impasse is beginning to have a real effect on the residents of Southern Illinois. This morning, it was announced that due to the lack of a state budget, Delta Center, Inc., which provides rehabilitation and treatment services for people with mental and substance abuse disorders, shut its doors. This closure will cost Cairo and Alexander county viable jobs and an outlet for people struggling with substance abuse issues.

The economic impact of this facility’s closure adds to the growing unemployment rate in Alexander County. Alexander County has the highest unemployment rate in Southern Illinois at 8.2 percent, which has grown from last month.

State Senator Gary Forby (D – Benton) offered the following comment:

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Every year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission helps more than 125,000 students throughout Illinois advance their career dreams by helping them pay for college. The Monetary Award Program is designed to help eligible students, who may not have enough money to pay for higher education, go to a higher education institution as long as they meet guidelines outlined by the grant. Without Governor Rauner’s approval, students statewide won’t be able to afford college tuition and other associated costs.

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton), who has several community colleges and Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the district he represents, believes Governor Rauner needs to make the appropriation of state funds to the grant program a priority.

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hb 4113 committee photoThe Daily Egyptian, a student-led newspaper established in 1888 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, has faced fiscal uncertainty over the past decade stemming increased costs to produce the award-winning publication.

"The Daily Egyptian is an institution in Southern Illinois. It gives students who are interested in journalism and media relations hands-on experience and has served as a starting point for thousands of media professionals," said Forby "The DE serves as a resource for students to stay informed with events, policy changes, emergencies and university-offered support services."

Over a year ago, The Daily Egyptian sought a fee increase to help reduce costs. The measure was proposed by students and passed by the Board of Trustees. The fee increase was coupled with an agreement that the Daily Egyptian would seek other cost-saving measures such as printing off campus.

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