Layoffs loom for Kane Co. health workers

July 12, 2010 (ELGIN, Ill.) State lawmakers joined health workers Monday outside the department building in Elgin, asking the Kane County Board to keep seven health programs running.

The largest of the programs serves 6,000 pregnant woman, new mothers and children. Approximately 74 health workers could lose their jobs.

"These are the types of services that are going to save the state and this county money in the long term. And it's inexplicable that they would be refusing, turning away money from the state," said Democratic State Sen. Michael Nolan, who represents Chicago's north and northwest suburbs.

The state is behind paying $1.5 million in grant money to Kane County. If the layoffs happen, they would go into effect August 15.

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