Bill would avert break in Ill. child-care funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Legislation is being proposed to avert a two-month break in state funding for 40,000 Illinois child-care providers.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/ItWbsT ) that a House bill was introduced Friday that would transfer $73.6 million within the state budget to prevent a halt in subsidy payments.

The threatened financial letdown sparked complaints from providers and low-income parents who depend on affordable child care to be able to go to work.

Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Human Services had sent out letters to child-care providers apprising them that the agency has run out of funding for the $896 million-a-year program.

The agency said that may not change until the new fiscal year that begins July 1.


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  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on May 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    All our money woes come from our doing nothing Lawmakers in the State and Federal Government. The banks that gave loans to people who could never pay them. Over priced homes had nothing to do with it, yea right. The banks and the car makers that us taxpayers bailed out. The failure of the good old boy club to protect their own. The companies that stole retirement funds from it's employees, oh wait that was the State of Illinois too. The list goes on and on. Nothing will ever change unless we the taxpayers put a stop to it. Make the rich pay there fair share. Don't let our lawmakers double dip, like our Governor who is recieving a pension while drawing his state salary. He wants to penalize other who do this set the example.
  • by taxpayer Location: USA on May 8, 2012 at 08:07 AM
    Yes the recession was caused for the mostpart by people buying houses the could not afford.Also sorry hear that some people are poor enough judges of character as to marry a dead beat dad type of person.If everyone made only 10.00 an hour their would be no help for anyone.We should all thank the dummies that took out those unpayeable mortgages on homes they in no way could afford.
  • by Melanie on May 7, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    You ever think that when the children were born the people were doing just fine and then the recession hit and people lost their jobs and housing. Instead of sitting on umeployment these people are trying to work and just need help to pay for child care costs.
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      by Dave on May 9, 2012 at 05:29 AM in reply to Melanie
      You mean they lost the homes that they could not afford to begin with. How is that anyone elses problem. I mean Oblabla is trying to make it everyopnes problem but it is not. How is it that someone goes to the bank on a $20,000.00 household income and actually believes the bank when they say you can afford a 140K home? Those are the people that get led to financial slaughter because they don't even bother to review their own finances prior to making a decision like that. The same with with someone that is stupid enough to sign a note that is a 5 or 7 year adjustable rate. It is not our problem that you do not think first.
  • by Heather on May 7, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    Oh and by the way I AM A TAXPAYER... Just trying to survive. I wanna see some of these people posting to make 10.00 an hour and pay 100.00 a week for childcare and still survive with no help. U WON'T!!!!!!
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      by Dave on May 9, 2012 at 05:25 AM in reply to Heather
      Why is it anyone elses problem that your life decisions led to a $10.00 an hour job? Why is it anyone elses problem that you compounded your problems by having a child knowing you only make $10.00 an hour and cannot afford the cost. Why I ask? Why?
  • by Heather on May 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM
    I am a single mother whos ex doesnt bother to pay his child support! I depend on this help so that I can go to work and support my children. So not all of us are taking advantage of the system.
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      by Dave on May 9, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to Heather
      So how is it our problem that you laid down for a dead beat. Why should we pay for that poor decision of yours? It is taking adantage when you make a poor decision and then expect EVERYONE ewlse to live with it and pay for it. I think every single one of you should pay every single cent back.
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        by steve on May 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to Dave
        You are missing the point. If these people dont have daycare and therefore cant work then they go on total welfare living, get a state medical card and the whle nine yards and the taxpayers pay more
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          by Dave on May 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM in reply to steve
          No Steve..... That is what they would choose to do. They already are in line. It would be just a different line.
  • by melissa Location: loves park on May 7, 2012 at 09:30 AM
    i recieve help with my child care and this is upsetting what people say. i understand and am angered too about people that abuse the system but i am a young mom of two kids and i work full time to support my kids and pay my bills alone in this horrid economy. Im also trying to go back to school to better myself for my kids so not all of us should be frowned upon for needing some assistance with childcare. I dont have anyone that can watch my kids and when im not working (which i do fulltime) i have my childern and i penny pinch everywhere i can just to make it by. I pay taxes as well so i dont see why i cant use the money that the lovely government is taking every check to make sure my kids have childcare while i work my butt off! Didnt your mother ever tell you if you dont have anything nice to say dont say nothing! I refuse to feel bad for getting govt. assistance for my childcare when i work and am going back to school to support my children!
  • by taxpayer Location: USA on May 7, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Why do we have to support other peoples children .We feed them house and now babysit them .Years ago when you could afford it you did without had friends who fathers never had a car THEY COULD NOT AFFORD IT.I like LINKS users driveing big SUVs and fancy team clothes.Cant feed dont breed ....
  • by enough on May 6, 2012 at 09:34 PM
    And what program will now be affected with lack of funds??? They are just taking it away from another important area that will now have a shortfall. STUPID.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on May 6, 2012 at 08:30 AM
    Stop making the general public responsible for those that bring children into this world that cannot take care of them.
  • by Douglas Location: Northern Il on May 6, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    Another fine example of our lawmakers doing it short term and not doing right!
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