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DHS questions

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Considering the current state of our economy, our state and local governments have to prioritize how our tax dollars are spent. Recently, I had reason to solicit some general information from the Illinois Department of Human Services in Woodstock. Upon searching the web for an address (www.dhs.state.il.us), it was listed as 2215 Lake Shore Drive in Woodstock. Upon reaching this address, I found a large, modern, brick, empty building. Value of empty building and land would be well in excess of $500,000, and probably closer to $750,000.

After some detective work, I found that DHS is now located at 512 Clay St., which looks like an older, two-story frame duplex with limited parking. Upon entering the building, in a room of roughly 20 feet by 20 feet, were 30-plus people sandwiched in a line being served by one customer service employee at one window. It is a travesty! Most of the people in that room are the neediest, and are being serviced at the absolute minimum.

Questions for my fellow readers to possibly shed some light on: What was the purpose of the building standing at 2215 Lakeshore Drive? Why is it empty? Why isn’t it being used for something? What is the cost to taxpayers? I could go on, but you’ve got the picture. Finally, don’t bother to call DHS if you expect to speak to a live person.

Thomas H. Richards


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