SPRINGFIELD — It’s hard not to notice. As of late, many statewide social service organizations are closing their doors. Senator James Clayborne (D – Belleville), who represents some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods in the state, including East. St. Louis, has seen firsthand the results of Governor Rauner’s ineffective “all or nothing” approach to governing.
“I’ve seen hundreds of lives in my neighborhoods negatively impacted because our governor has decided to hold the state’s social service programs hostage. If we continue to go down this road, as a state, the long-term implications will be disastrous,” Clayborne said in reference to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House announcing layoffs of more than 117 social service workers.
Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is known for providing social services programs, such as the Homeless Youth Services Program, the Community Youth Services Program, the Comprehensive Community-based Youth Services Program and the Illinois Healthy Families Program.