The AFSCME Local 1805 is mounting a campaign to have lawmakers restore funding to some programs it sees as vital to the well-being of children, families and communities around the state.  At issue is the looming cuts to the Division of Children and Family Services and what that would mean for abused and neglected children, local law enforcement, community agencies and schools.

Among the speakers at last night's event was Alton Police Chief David Hayes (pictured), who supports the work of the DCFS.

Hayes comments

Because DCFS is operating under a 1991 court order that requires certain caseload levels for each employee, they cannot just cut caseworkers.  The option is to end grants to social service agencies, that provide assistance to families that would previously receive help.

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