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IL tries to get child care money flowing

Thu, 17 May 2012 05:57:24 CDT

Illinois lawmakers are making a push to get money flowing to child care providers and prevent some from shutting down. The House Wednesday approved a plan to take money from other areas of the state budget and put it toward child care subsidies. Legislators are hurrying to get it passed Later in the afternoon, a Senate committee gave its okay to the proposal. Maria Whelan heads the group Illinois Action for Children. She says the legislation is somewhat of a relief:


"Today was a decent day for children and families. We were facing a shortfall for funding in this current fiscal year that would have meant that providers who take care of hundreds of thousands of children each day in our state so that their families can work and be independent would not have been paid for childcare for three plus months."

Governor Quinn's administration earlier announced the money had been shifted to paying welfare benefits. Whelan says the child care industry is fragile and the budget proposed for the coming fiscal year is not promising. Governor Pat Quinn wants to increase the amount families have to contribute for government-subsidized child care.

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