Ill. budget impasse causing irreparable damage to state social safety net: 6 things to know

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A recent survey shows Illinois' state budget crisis has caused serious harm to the state's social safety net, with many human service agencies forced to reduce services or shut down completely, according to Chicago Magazine.

Of the 172 human services agencies in Chicago's Cook, Lake, DuPage and Will counties surveyed by United Way in June, 91 percent said they have had to cut clients due to strained budgets — up from 37 percent of agencies that responded the same in July 2015. Human services agencies provide resources such as shelters for the homeless, food for the hungry, mental healthcare, support for victims of domestic violence and educational services.

Here are six findings from United Way's survey, which comprised responses from 429 human services agencies across Illinois.

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