Des Plaines veterans program shut down due to state budget impasse


lutheran-social-services-cutsBy Karen Ann Cullotta

The state’s failure to pass a budget has forced the shut down of a Des Plaines-based social service program that provides support to veterans and their families.

Legacy Corps, which currently serves more than 250 military families in 72 Illinois communities, is one of 30 programs that officials with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois announced last week would be closing due to the state’s inability to pass a budget for the past seven months.

“The state’s budget deadlock has severely challenged LSSI’s ability to provide services to those in need,” Mark A. Stutrud, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois President and CEO, said in a statement.

Currently, the organization is owed more than $6 million by the state for services delivered, Stutrud said, adding, “After seven months, we can no longer provide services for which we aren’t being paid.”

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