Twenty-seven people are out of a job at Illinois' Tobacco Quitline, which means there's no one left to answer the phone.
For the past 15 years, Illinois smokers could dial 1-866-QUIT-YES, and a tobacco treatment counselor or nurse would answer. Try calling now, and there's a message saying: "Your call is important to us. Unfortunately, Quitline funding has been suspended due to budget cuts and we will be closed until further notice."
It was an abrupt end. Supporters say they had little financial wiggle room.