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Lack of state budget threatens devastating cuts, East Side Health District says

From Illinois Business Journal news services

EAST ST. LOUIS – Employees and clients of the East Side Health District were planning a news conference today to detail how the lack of an enacted Illinois state budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 threatens devastating cuts to public health services and the imminent layoff of some 30 health district employees.

State Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, and other elected officials were expected to be at the meeting, which is planned at 11 a.m. at the East Side Health District administration building at 650 N. 20th St.

East Side Health District provides nutritional programs for women, infants and children; immunizations; lead monitoring; STD and AIDS programs; restaurant health inspections and other vital public health services that are largely funded by state government. Without state funding, these services will be sharply diminished or eliminated.

Health district workers are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3565.

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