Pat Quinn on Welfare & Poverty
Hardest Hit program: Keep 6,550 families in their homes
Four years ago, runaway bankers brought the Illinois economy to its knees.
These shady operators peddled risky mortgage loan products--costing far too many people their homes. We must protect our homeowners from this kind of fraud and abuse.
In our Illinois, we do not forget about our hardest hit families during their time of need. That's why we've helped 6,550 families in 92 counties stay in their homes through our Hardest Hit program.
And more than half a million families received counseling and other resources through the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network that I launched last year.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Illinois Legislature
, Feb 6, 2013
Maintain human services even during the Great Recession
We're using strategic borrowing where necessary, in order to get our state through a tough time. There was an effort last summer to cut human services in Illinois during this Great Recession, cut them in half. Now I didn't think that was right, and
I vetoed that budget. And we passed a different budget, one that does involve some borrowing in order to keep our human services going.
What are these human services?
They are things like child care to make sure that working parents have a good place for their children to go to, during the day. Same way with our community care, to help our seniors stay in their home, so they don't have to go to a nursing home.
Same way with our persons with disabilities, for independent living. So we rejected the unwise efforts to cut the budget for those with disabilities. It's very important, even in a tough time, that we always retain our heart, our decency.
Source: Illinois 2010 State of the State Address
, Jan 13, 2010
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