Walgreen

(WAG)

said Thursday it will stop prescription services on evenings and Sundays in 30 Illinois stores as of April 2 because those stores are "barely breaking even" following cuts in Illinois' Medicaid payments.

The majority of the affected stores are in Chicago, Peoria, East St. Louis, Springfield and Kankakee and will keep their usual hours for non-pharmacy business. Prescription services hours will now be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"These are difficult decisions because they hurt our patients in inner-city neighborhoods that we have served for decades," the company said.

Walgreen fills nearly 30% of Medicaid prescriptions in Illinois and operates 409 stores in the state.

Shares of Walgreen, which is based in Deerfield, Ill., gained 24 cents, or 0.6%, to $40.47 in recent

New York Stock Exchange

trading.