Rauner's child care cuts affect thousands
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – An Illinois lawmaker says Governor Bruce Rauner has launched a war on women and wants him to restore programs for children and families that she says he’s destroyed.
67th District State Representative Litesa Wallace is calling for a restoration to funding for the Child Car Assistance Program, a program that provides affordable childcare for low income families who are working or going to school.
Because of the budget crisis, Rauner had to cut funding for the program. She says now, the program has served about 55,000 less children than before.
“If they're not able to have safe child care for their children, many people are unfortunately having to make the decision to leave their jobs which puts them into other points of public assistance and they're no longer contributing to our economy in ways they could have if they had a paying job,” says Litesa Wallace (D) – 67th District.
Wallace is pushing for Rauner to restore funding for the Childcare Assistance Program as well as funding for other programs that help women and children. Meanwhile there’s no end in sign for the budget impasse as House speaker Michael Madigan once again cancels a planned session scheduled for tomorrow.