Metro-East News

Agency that helps at-risk youths, pregnant women lays off 9 in metro-east

From staff and wire reports

An Illinois child social service agency is laying off 16 staffers who work with at-risk youth and expectant mothers in the metro-east and central Illinois.

Of the 16 being laid off, nine work out of the agency’s metro-east offices in East St. Louis and Granite City, according to Children’s Home and Aid spokesman Jassen Strokosch.

The layoffs are due to the nearly yearlong budget stalemate between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Strokosch said the state owes the agency about $1.8 million for services since July 1, the beginning of the current fiscal year.

The layoffs happened Wednesday and Thursday and will affect services at its metro-east and central Illinois offices.

The staffers worked to provide alternatives to incarceration to teenagers and helped find housing for homeless youth. They also provided counseling to expectant mothers during in-home visits.

Strokosch said the organization has had to let go 56 staffers so far this year because the state has not provided any funding.