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Kane County sees potential cuts in health programs

June 24, 2009
AURORA, Ill. - Officials in Kane County are warning the state's budget woes could pose a threat to the health of area families.

Unless the governor and legislators can agree on a revised 2010 budget, Kane County may face cuts in some health services.

These could include nurses' home visits to premature babies, children's vaccinations and testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

That's according to Kane County Health Department's executive director Paul Kuehnert (KEEN-urt). He said Tuesday the planned funding cuts are "reckless and irresponsible."

The county health department relies on state funds for 40 percent of its budget. It's bracing for cuts of at least 10 percent, although which specific grants would be affected is uncertain.