Abrupt cuts hinder Illinois violence shelters

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that forced layoffs and other cuts. Officials providing services to victims of domestic violence said they were unaware that about $9 million in state funding was left out of the stopgap plan that expired in December. They learned about it in a Dec. 16 letter from Human Services Secretary James Dimas.