On March 11, IAPD posted this letter to all its members concerning funding for current and upcoming OSLAD grants:
“We have learned that every State grant recipient is receiving a letter indefinitely suspending all State grants until further notice. This suspension includes capital grant programs such as OSLAD, PARC, and Public Museum Grants. These suspensions even cover construction projects that are currently in progress.
With construction season upon us, this decision could not come at a worse time. The suspension not only threatens jobs that are helping to grow Illinois’ economy, it creates exposure to local taxpayers for existing contractual obligations and project costs. The construction delays will also end up costing local taxpayers time and money.
While we are advocating tirelessly on these issues and to protect against the sweep of dedicated funds for these programs, we urge you to immediately call Governor Rauner at 217/782-0244 and to write him at 207 State House, Springfield, Illinois 62706 to let him know all that is at stake with this decision. Also send a copy of your correspondence to your legislators and Tim Nuding, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, Room 603 Stratton Building, Springfield, Illinois 62706.”
Since this initial call for help, many municipalities and Park Districts have written open letters to the Governor describing how important these grants are for their communities. Watch videos and hear more about how this is effecting communities across the state at www.ilparks.org.