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Illinois School for the Deaf in Danger of CLOSING!

June 16, 2009 68 comments

BY KATIE ANDERSON
Journal-Courier

The governor is serious this time, says Sen. Deanna Demuzio when talking about cuts that could close the doors to the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.

If Illinois lawmakers can’t pass a full budget by the end of the month, the state will face devastatingly deep cuts and Jacksonville will be hit hard.

Gov. Pat Quinn released a statement Tuesday listing the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired among state services that will be closed if the state can not get past its $9.2 billion budget impasse.

The announcements also predicted the closing of six of nine state-operated psychiatric hospitals, four of nine state-operated developmental centers and 42 of 120 DHS Family and Community Resource Centers.

“It tells you something about the amount of crisis that we’re in,” said Sen. Deanna Demuzio.

In addition to forcing visually impaired and deaf or hard of hearing students to find alternative education centers, the shuttering of ISD and ISVI would mean more than 350 employees in Jacksonville would lose their jobs.

“People think, this is usual, they’re playing games,” Sen. Demuzio said.

Yes, that has happened in the past, but we’re now down to what like 10 days? And I don’t think people realize the severity of this.”

A spokeswoman from the governor’s office said the announcements today are not scare tactics.

“What we’re doing is trying to make sure Illinois citizens understand the budget that was passed,” the spokeswoman said. “The General Assembly passed a 50 percent budget and funded services provided by community organizations at 50 percent, a 5 billion dollar cut essentially with an additional 4.2 billion dollar shortfall.”

“I think what the governor is trying to do is make people understand how bad the budget is, rather than just go ahead and implement these closures and changes,” she the spokeswoman said.

Stay tuned for more updates news later in this week.

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF ISD STAYING OPEN!

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Poll: New Year’s Resolutions

January 6, 2009 1 comment

The New Year is a good time to set new resolutions. You feel fresh and having a chance to start things new in the coming year provides motivation as you embark on new challenges. However, I know many people who have given up on setting New Year’s resolutions entirely because “it doesn’t work for them”. Inevitably, the resolutions they set are forgotten and never acted on. The result is feelings of guilt and incompetence and they conclude that they are simply not disciplined enough to follow through on their resolutions.

So, what is your resolutions? This poll has multiply choices.

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Poll: Believe in Santa Claus

December 11, 2008 8 comments

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Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a little kid. Were you so excited or scared or cried to see Santa Claus? Have you ever write a wish lists letter to Santa Claus before? Met deaf Santa Claus?

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Poll: Video Relay Service (VRS) company Part Two

November 24, 2008 57 comments

The poll talks about the whole of general services like in tech support, customer service, interpreter, etc. The poll has multiple choice.

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Poll: Video Relay Service (VRS) company

November 20, 2008 28 comments
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