“Illinois faces a number of challenges as we dig out from four years of crisis. Not only must we work to put Illinois on sound financial footing, we need to control our spending while also making sure we provide needed funding for lifesaving services.
“Among the important human services programs that we need to strengthen is raising the eligibility threshold to the Child Care Assistance Program to that will extend benefits nearly 10,000 more children and work to hire more direct service staff at the Department of children and Family Services to help protect more children.
“I look forward to being a part of the new negotiations on the proposals that will cross my desk, and I will fight to ensure that families are prioritized and actually benefit from these ideas.”
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