URBANA, Ill. — An Illinois rape crisis center is suspending nearly all of its services and will lay off five employees after operating for nearly a year without state money.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2244qop) reports that the nonprofit Rape Advocacy Counseling and Education Services agency will end counseling, legal advocacy and community education programs June 1.

But the Urbana center’s 24-hour crisis line will continue with $25,000 from United Way of Champaign to hire a part-time volunteer coordinator. The money comes from United Way’s emergency fund designed to help agency partners in need.

The center has operated without $200,000 in state money since July 1 — when the state budget should have gone into effect. Agency leaders say they are working to match clients with other community agencies.


Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com