Local social service organizations and schools have been hit hard by the year-long budget impasse in Illinois, but there appears to be some reason for hope.  Lawmakers spent most of the last two days of July hammering out a stopgap deal that will provide funding at a time when many agencies were considering the possibility of more cuts to already weakened programs.

Alton School District Director of Financial Services Chris Norman tells The Big Z getting funding back from the General State Aid and Transportation funds would go a long way toward helping them balance their budget.

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Impact CIL Executive Director Cathy Contarino tells The Big Z she was hoping for the best.

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Late in the afternoon word came from Springfield of an agreement that will fund schools through the school year, and provide other funding for the next six months.  The measures passed both the House and the Senate on Thursday and now will be sent to the governor’s desk for his approval.


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