SPRINGFIELD — Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year.
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois Department of Public Health's drug treatment programs could lose $20 million in funding if the income tax falls from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.
IDPH officials estimate that would cut services for almost 16,000 people.
Sara Howe is a spokeswoman for the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.
She says the potential budget cuts come at a time when heroin use is increasing in Illinois.
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to make the tax increase permanent before it expires on Jan. 1.