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Illinois Comptroller Visits Hesed House

In the midst of the state budget impasse, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger made a visit to Hesed House.

As they made their way around the state’s second largest homeless shelter, executive director Ryan Dowd shared with Munger the struggles they have faced due to the lack of a state budget.

Hesed House in Aurora has received no state funding in the past year and have had to make cuts to certain programs and partnerships in an effort to keep their doors open.

The visit was one of the many made by the Comptroller in an effort to stress the importance of the state having a balanced budget.

“A balanced budget would set priorities, what are we going to fund what are we going to spend money on and also very importantly provides the money and funding source available so we can pay those bills. It doesn’t help to promise money to anyone unless we can back it up and write the check,” said Munger.

The deadline for the state’s budget is July 1, which marks the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.


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