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State must lead way if communities are to regain financial stability

The state’s budget crisis is hammering Illinois – and nailing Oak Park in the process. Already, the village has laid off 62 employees, or eliminated their positions – more than one in seven – shrinking the workforce to 377. Payroll has been cut by $4 million, to $26 million. And support for the village’s partner agencies has been trimmed by a third over the last three years.