- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - With Illinois’ debt to its largest social services agency now topping $25 million due to the ongoing budget impasse, Chicago’s Catholic Charities is asking priests and parishioners to lobby politicians in Springfield.

The Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/1SVVkJ1 ) reports that a budget stalemate over how to solve a $6.6 billion deficit has led to billions of dollars in unpaid bills, including services Catholic Charities provides to Cook and Lake counties, such as in-home care, early childhood education, feeding the homeless and substance abuse treatment.

In a letter to parish priests, Chicago’s Catholic Charities CEO Monsignor Michael Boland is urging parishioners to remind their legislators that lives are at stake if the financial crisis isn’t resolved.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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