According to the Windy City Times, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and other AIDS/HIV programs around Illinois have a lot to be thankful for this week.
While other states are cutting their AIDS/HIV funding to the bone, Illinois will not be so pressed. Though there will be no increases in funding this year, and though the state was facing a 50% cut in the budget, Governor Pat Quinn stepped in and replaced most of the funds, maintaining 97.4% funding with $17 Million out of his discretionary fund.
"The governor's decision ensures that HIV prevention and care services for people living with and at risk of HIV will continue largely uninterrupted," said AIDS Foundation of Chicago President/CEO Mark Ishaug in that Windy City Times article.
The news comes as a relief as statistics mark Chicago with one of the highest infection rates in the nation. Maintaining funding at a decent level will allow programs to continue trying to counter the rise in infection and curtail new cases, as well as help those who are discovering they are infected. Governor Quinn--thank you!