Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner cuts funding for autism programs on World Autism Day

It takes a special kind of asshole to cut funding for autism programs on World Autism Day, and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois is clearly that special kind of asshole.

State funding cuts are threatening services for people living with autism, as families who receive help through a program called the Autism Project say they will be devastated by its elimination.

The Autism Project says Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed the decision to cut funding for the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year Thursday – on World Autism Day.

Advocates say for every dollar Illinois spends on its best-in-the-nation autism assistance programs, $7 are either earned or saved. So they say cutting well-honed programs that are doing right by their clients is at best misguided – if not plain cruel.

Timotheus J. Gordon is working on his masters in fine arts from IIT, something he never dreamt was possible without the help he got from the Illinois Autism Project (TAP).

“Where else can I go to get help?” Gordon said.

Parents, advocates and administrators say all the progress Illinois has made in the last quarter century, helping people like 27-year-old Jason Vines reach their potential, will be shattered without state funding.

“Our children don’t have friends, we do first responder training, my husband has set up a men’s support group,” said Debra Vines of The Answer Inc., a support group.

Help for autism is not covered under Medicaid.

Those of you who know me and know my family’s story know why this story makes me angry, but at the same time I’m not one bit surprised, because what Gov. Rauner did in Illinois is exactly what happens when people elect Republicans to office.

H/T to Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars.


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  1. I rarely disagree with you, Zach, but while Rauner may set a new standard for a “special kind of asshole” for Illinois I believe there is no comparison with the malicious, evil, harmful extent of Wisconsin’s own all-time, all state’s “special kind of asshole,” Walker.

    Of course, both claim they are pro-life, but only include anti-abortion ignoring a living wage, affordable health care, Midicaid, care for the mentally ill, and Pope Francis’ Easter message to help the “poor and suffering.”

    Oh, the hypocrisy and lack of humanity by both!

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