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State financial impasse causes mental health questions

One of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan’s priorities is in a holding pattern while the political stalemate in Springfield continues. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold explains.


Speaker Madigan formed a bipartisan committee this year to study mental health issues to help prevent a mass shooting in Illinois.

Chicago Democrat Greg Harris leads that committee. He says the lack of a state budget has created financial uncertainty for mental health providers.

Harris says that could interfere with violence prevention. "You can be concerned about being sure families have adequate mental health or substance abuse interventions for kids, but then we’ve gotta have a budget that funds those things."

Harris says he wants to further investigate who can buy high powered guns, and how young people use social media to give warnings that they may be violent.