A rape crisis center serving counties in East Central Illinois had to slash its workforce's hours and pay by 20 percent on Monday due to the state budget stalemate.
The state owes Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services (RACES), based in Urbana, $200,000. RACES has not received funding from the state since July 1, when Illinois entered the current fiscal year without a budget.
The agency, which served over 37,400 children and adults last year, said it could be forced to shut down by mid-April because of the budget situation.
"We've exhausted what resources we have and we're not getting any state funds," said RACES' Executive Director Mary Evans, according to The News-Gazette. "We're trying to do more private fundraising but at this point it looks like we'll have to close our doors by mid-April."
RACES serves Champaign, Douglas, Ford and Piatt Counties.