Quinn approves child care bailout

Associated Press
Updated 5/18/2012 4:54 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois child care agencies that faced an uncertain financial future got a reprieve from lawmakers.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Friday a measure that shifts state funding to carry the child care fund through the end of the budget year in June.


The Democrat acted just hours after the Senate sent him legislation to shuffled $73.6 million from other parts of the budget.

The Department of Human Services program that subsidizes community or in-home child care for parents who work, go to school or job training was out of money. That might have meant some of the providers would have to close.

Legislators also used the bill to move $151 million into paying down a Medicaid health care program bill backlog.

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