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Letters to the Editor 5/22/14

WHO’S WHO?
I am trying to identify the organization or reason this photo was snapped in Springfield in 1923. Only the date is on the back.

I think I have identified it as being a convention of the Knights of Lithuania as I have another later group photo (much less dramatic) with the same badges that say: “Lituvos Vyciu,” which means “Knights of Lithuania.” It was, and I think still is, a religious- and civic-type organization.

My aunt, Jessie Carp, is first row, fifth from left. She was a Lithuanian from Westville, Illinois, and very active in Lithuanian organizations. I think the priest from Saint Peter and Paul’s Lithuanian Parish in Westville is in the last row, second head from right: Fr. Lawrence Brigmanas.

If anyone can confirm or add any other info about this photo it would be appreciated.

Maryann Carp Desaulniers
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Editor’s note: If you have info about this photo, please email editor@illinoistimes.com.
A photo taken in 1923 in Springfield. Are you familiar with it or any of the people pictured?


CARING FOR THE NEEDY
We believe that providing human services for individuals in need and in crisis are essential to building healthy individuals, families and communities.

It is expected that the Illinois General Assembly will soon address the personal income tax rate. Without action, the personal income tax will fall from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1, 2015, halfway through the new fiscal year. That tax cut will require nearly $2 billion in spending cuts, most of which will come from funding for public education and human services. This would have a devastating impact on people in need in Illinois.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is the largest statewide provider of social services, and last year we served more than 96,000 of our residents. Approximately 80 percent of the people we served are below the poverty level.

The demand for our services continues to grow, as poverty and its associated hardships impact almost 2 million people in our great state. Poverty exists in every corner of Illinois, leaving many communities finding it difficult to address necessary resources to the human services infrastructure. Should the personal income tax not be extended, we estimate the following impact on our citizens:

  • 21,000 seniors would not receive the help they need from in-home caretakers
  • 140,000 people with mental illness would be denied medication and/or therapy
  • 35,000 people with mental illness would no longer receive any services
  • 25,000 adults with developmental disabilities would lose community-based services
  • 13,600 people would have supportive housing and homeless services eliminated
  • 6,000 fewer jail diversions would be available, and release dates for incarcerated individuals would be delayed, due to reduced to after-release treatment services.

Behind each of these statistics are very real people, in need of hope and a future. The most vulnerable people in our society are at risk for not finding the services they need. Even with the generous support from private donors, as a community-based agency we depend on government funding to help our most vulnerable citizens.

On behalf of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, we hope that our legislators will recognize their responsibility for maintaining government funding for human services in our state, so we can continue to offer cost-effective and impactful human services in our communities.

David M. A. Jensen, president and chief operations officer
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Headquarters
Des Plaines, Illinois

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