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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