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Local health departments warn of budget impasse impact

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -

An association representing nearly 100 local health departments says the state budget impasse is "eroding" the ability to respond to public health emergencies.
    
The Illinois Public Health Association president said in a letter released Wednesday that 16 of 97 public health departments have cut back on staff, hours and services.
    
Association President Miriam Link-Mullison says rural areas have been hit the hardest.
    
She says health departments plan to ask lawmakers for $17 million. The money would cover a fraction of what the departments are owed by the state, but help fund basic services, like monitoring communicable diseases and restaurant inspections.
    
Illinois is in its fourth month without a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
    
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislative Democrats can't agree on a spending plan.

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