Department of Human Services

Statehouse
5:58 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Older Children May Lose Day Care Funding

Credit Tennessee Department of Human Services

Gaps in the current year's budget mean that the state has stopped paying for its Child Care Assistance Program, and day care providers are worried about more issues in the future.

The program that provides assistance for parents to pay for child care could experience more financial problems if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposals become next year's budget.

Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, says cutting government assistance to day care has negative consequences in other areas.

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Concealed Carry Law
4:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

LRS Awarded Background Check System Contracts

Credit www.fbi.gov

  Illinois has awarded contracts for computer upgrades intended to screen out people prohibited from carrying concealed weapons under the state's new gun legislation. The State Journal-Register reports on two contracts totaling more than $350,000.

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Illinois Issues
12:00 am
Sun June 1, 2008

Last Place: Human Service Advocates Hope to Elbow Their Way to Front of Line for New State Funding

Joyce Newman of Jacksonville holds a sign supporting Senate Bill 2256, seeking funding to help children with developmental disabilities receive an education that's not segregated from the rest of the students. She also advocates for affordable housing and wheelchair accessible facilities.
Credit Bethany Jaeger / WUIS/Illinois Issues

Amy Hickman, a single mother of two in central Illinois' Jacksonville, lives with multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair-bound after a car accident. She relies on her home health aides to get her out of bed every day. 

David and Beverly Pryor of Arcola have a daughter, Mandy, with severe autism. She lives in a CILA, or a community integrated living arrangement, in Charleston. But they want the state to fund more CILAs to help clear a waiting list so other children and adults can have the same opportunity. 

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