Most state-run domestic violence shelters receive over half of their annual budget from the Illinois legislature. Federal funding provides a smaller amount, with the rest coming from private donors. In some regions in the state, shelters aren’t able to get the resources they need through private donation. So, they depend on those government allocations. When the state fails to provide the necessary funding, many shelters are unable to protect those who need it most. In some instances, they even get closed.
Last year, Illinois legislature provided $18.6 million in funding to shelters throughout the state. This year: zero. No funds have been allocated. Because state government has been unable to pass a budget, many shelters are struggling to stay open. Read the rest »