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Published on Mar 9, 2012
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Dem.) is planning on closing 24 Human Services offices. Speakers from the labor and services consumer communities associated with the Wicker Park Public and and Rehabilitation Services Offices in Chicago, Quinn's first target, spoke out at a community hearing on March 5, 2012. Speaking in this shortened report are Steve Edwards, president of AFSCME 2858 and intake worker there; Elce Redmond, Worker Rights Board chair; Michael Henson, Mobility Instructor for the Blind, DHS; Larry Biondi, Advocacy Director, Progress Center for Independent Living; and Virginia Hester, Northside Action for Justice, service consumer. The hearing was observed by Derrick Smith, Illinois State Rep. from the 10th District, along with two area professors. The event was organized by The Alliance for Community Services. The flyer for the event asked: "Why is the state giving huge tax breaks to downtown corporations while cutting access to services for those already suffering in this recession?" Larry Biondi, speaking digitally via his computer, drove home how these cuts affect human services customers: "By closing the Milwaukee office consumers of this office would have to go to the Humboldt Park Office. The Humboldt Park Office isn't an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. There is a small elevator at this office making it inaccessible to consumers in wheelchairs. How does this office expect to accommodate its new consumers when it's not ADA compliant to its own customers?" Length: 9:44 Produced by Labor Beat. Labor Beat is a CAN TV Community Partner. Labor Beat is a non-profit 501(c)(3) member of IBEW 1220. Views are those of the producer Labor Beat. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.laborbeat.org. 312-226-3330. For other Labor Beat videos, visit YouTube and search "Labor Beat". On Chicago CAN TV Channel 19, Thursdays 9:30 pm; Fridays 4:30 pm. Labor Beat has regular cable slots in Chicago, Evanston, Rockford, Urbana, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Princeton, NJ; and Rochester, NY. For more detailed information, send us a request at email@example.com. Donate to Labor Beat (Committee for Labor Access): https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr...