Stranded by the State: The 8-Part Web Series

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Illinois did not pass a real budget for over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives? This new video series—a collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films—follows the families, workers and students living through the de facto budget cuts, showing the ways it deteriorates the fabric of Illinois communities.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect of the crisis—from higher education to social services to housing—as well as who is benefiting from the crisis and what kinds of solutions could ultimately solve it. The series incorporates data connecting the situation in Illinois to long-term trends of austerity affecting the country at large, and how it ultimately costs taxpayers more in the long run.

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Stranded by the State: The 8-Part Web Series

Illinois did not pass a real budget for over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The fight over the budget between Governor Bruce Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives? This new video series—a collaboration between In These Times and Kartemquin Films—follows the families, workers and students living through the de facto budget cuts, showing the ways it deteriorates the fabric of Illinois communities.

Each episode focuses on a different aspect of the crisis—from higher education to social services to housing—as well as who is benefiting from the crisis and what kinds of solutions could ultimately solve it. The series incorporates data connecting the situation in Illinois to long-term trends of austerity affecting the country at large, and how it ultimately costs taxpayers more in the long run.

8 Videos

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 1 / Public Higher Education

    7m 30s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 2 / At-Risk Youth

    6m 57s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 3 / Homelessness

    7m 27s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 4 / Meals on Wheels

    8m 18s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 5 / Adult Education

    9m 10s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 6 / Home Visiting for Young Moms

    9m 35s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 7 / Child Care Assistance

    8m 17s · Downloadable + subs available in English

  • Stranded by the State - Episode 8 / Toxic Swaps

    8m 34s · Downloadable + subs available in English

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  1. Stranded by the State - Episode 1 / Public Higher Education

    7m 30s · Downloadable

    For decades, public higher education has been defunded across the country. And in Illinois, the ongoing budget standoff is "the straw that broke the camel's back". With the state's stopgap budget expiring December 31, 2016, students still don’t know if their current MAP grants will be funded. This episode of Stranded by the State explores the crisis.

    Subs available in English
  2. Stranded by the State - Episode 2 / At-Risk Youth

    6m 57s · Downloadable

    Illinois’ ongoing budget crisis has led to dramatic cuts to social services—often up to 40%. These programs are vital to protecting the state’s most vulnerable residents, including at-risk youth. The state-wide CCBYS program, focusing on preventative counseling for youth and families, was created to prevent kids from being "dumped" into psychiatric hospitals because their parents or police did not know what to do with them. More than 50% of these ...

    Subs available in English
  3. Stranded by the State - Episode 3 / Homelessness

    7m 27s · Downloadable

    Tens of thousands of homeless Illinois residents rely on social services for housing support. The state’s ongoing budget crisis has led to drastic cuts in funding to these programs—up to 40%—leading to more mental health emergencies, more incarceration, and much higher costs for taxpayers. This episode tells this story through Chicago's La Casa Norte and their Permanent Supportive Housing program, and what is lost when massive layoffs lead to a bre...

    Subs available in English
  4. Stranded by the State - Episode 4 / Meals on Wheels

    8m 18s · Downloadable

    Seniors are the fastest growing population in the country, and more than half are "economically insecure.” The Illinois budget crisis has led to deep cuts to programs supporting them—including Meals on Wheels—hurting scores of seniors living in poverty. Set in the former manufacturing town of Alton, Illinois, this episode follows one such Meals on Wheels program as it struggles to keep serving its community.

    Subs available in English
  5. Stranded by the State - Episode 5 / Adult Education

    9m 10s · Downloadable

    This episode of Stranded by the State explores how the Illinois budget crisis is causing extreme cuts to adult literacy and education programs—and deeply impacting the families who rely on them. Featuring Chicago's vibrant community organization Centro Romero, we see the effects on ESL, economic mobility, and the future impact on the state's workforce readiness.

    Subs available in English
  6. Stranded by the State - Episode 6 / Home Visiting for Young Moms

    9m 35s · Downloadable

    Filmed around Bloomington, Illinois, this new episode follows an early childhood development program whose funds have been slashed due to the budget impasse. Home visiting is proven effective in promoting child development and preventing neglect or abuse. Across the state, teen moms and their children are being left to fend for themselves.

    Subs available in English
  7. Stranded by the State - Episode 7 / Child Care Assistance

    8m 17s · Downloadable

    Across Illinois, the Child Care Assistance Program helps children remain in child care centers while their parents go to work, often at low-wage jobs. When the state budget didn't pass in 2015, Governor Rauner slashed income eligibility for working families, leaving 90% without access to the vital program. After public outcry across the state, the eligibly guidelines were raised, but still lower than their original level. 10,000 children are still...

    Subs available in English
  8. Stranded by the State - Episode 8 / Toxic Swaps

    8m 34s · Downloadable

    The final episode of Stranded by the State looks at the role big banks have played in destabilizing communities across the country. The same banks who were responsible for the foreclosure crisis in 2008 are now making huge sums of money from predatory loans made to state and city governments.

    These “toxic swaps" contribute to widespread austerity policies, such as cuts to the CeaseFire violence prevention program in Chicago. This episode point...

    Subs available in English