The future of another social service agency is in jeopardy as it continues to wait on Deadbeat Illinois to make good on its backlog of unpaid bills.
This time it’s the Mary Davis Home, a juvenile detention center in Galesburg that cares for children ages 10 to 16 from numerous west-central Illinois counties while they await court proceedings for legal problems.
For more than a year, the state of Illinois has owed the facility about $5 million at any given time, much of which is owed from 2005 or earlier. The state currently owes the center $4.9 million.
Illinois is supposed to fund 58 percent of the detention center’s budget, authorities say, but this year state funds made up only half of that – 26 percent.
Finances are getting so uncomfortably tight for the Mary Davis Home that members of the Knox County Board, which oversees the home, are considering significantly reducing its services or closing its doors for good.
Any candidate who wants the job as the state’s chief executive can’t simply tell voters the state needs to pay down its backlog of bills. He must tell voters specifically how he intends to make it happen. ...
It is inexcusable for needed agencies like the Mary Davis Home to struggle to stay open simply because the state won’t pay its bills.