The "stop-gap" budget passed had some odd stuff in it.
- SCC, thought you'd like to know, CeaseFire got funded in the budget.
That's nice - perhaps someone can send us the line item that funded them? In the meantime, we got this e-mail:
I need to help to get the word out about the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Raunor's [idea] to save Illinois taxpayer money. My wife is a disabled police officer from an on duty fight with an asshat in 2004. She was awarded the 75% compensation and all of the benefits afforded to disabled officers until now. My son is a Sophomore at UIC and was awarded the Disabled Police Officers Grant for dependents. He used the grant without issue in 2015 at Western Illinois University, but as of spring semester transferred to UIC. We applied and he was awarded the grant again for the Spring semester. Earlier in June, I received a letter from UIC that we were delinquent on his account by $7748.39. I thought this was an oversight and showed up with a copy of his award letter at the Financial Aid office at UIC. I was informed that the Illinois General Assembly has not funded the Disabled Officer Grant, and that UIC has a "roster" of eligible grant recipients and my son's name is not on it. He went on to explain that their office has received advanced word that this Grant will not be funded this year and my son is responsible for the balance on his account. I placed a call to my Illinois State Representative, Kelly Burke, today, but have not received a response as of yet. The General Assembly is currently meeting and it seems that the politicos have decided this Grant is not worthy. This is another attack on the heroes that defend this city from ruin. I have contacted the FOP with all of the documentation that I have....
So a disabled copper's family is saddled with nearly $8,000 until Springfield can get their act together.
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