The Living Independently Now Center in Swansea, better known as LINC, will be laying off about half of its 16 employees and cutting hours for the remaining staff as Illinois lawmakers have yet to agree on a budget.
LINC has worked with people with disabilities in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties since 1989. LINC Executive Director Lynn Jarman said that with still no state budget in sight and uncertain funding for state programs like LINC, the Swansea-based organization is forced to lay off seven employees while cutting its remaining staff of nine workers to 25-and-a-half hours a week, which will affect those clients they serve.
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