Friday, September 12, 2008

State Program Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence Eliminated

A state sponsored program that provides tuition assitance and career counseling to hundreds of victims of domestic violence has been eliminated by Governor Rod Blagojevich due to budget cuts. The program is known as the Displaced Homemaker Program. A total of 10 community colleges throughout the State of Illinois offer the program which was funded by the State of Illinois. The 30 year old program assists more than 1,500 female victims of domestic violence who have lost their main source of income because of a divorce, separation or death of a spouse. Governor Blagojevich cut the program with a line item veto. The total amount spent by the State of Illinois to run the program was $621,300. The Governor's office said that this line item veto was necessary because of the state budget deficit.

The Illinois House of Representatives has passed legislation restoring the funding but it is unclear if the Illinois Senate will follow suit.

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