From: Fight Crime: Invest In Kids Illinois
Illinois Action for Children
Latino Policy Forum
Ounce of Prevention Fund
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Voices for Illinois Children
We applaud Governor Rauner’s decision today to suspend damaging emergency rule changes made to the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) on July 1, 2015. We also applaud our legislative champions in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly who refused to let children and families be anything but the highest priority in our state. Of course, we would also like to acknowledge the thousands of families and advocates statewide who continue to make sure the governor and the General Assembly know just how important this issue is.
Key changes announced by the governor today include:
- Increasing eligibility to 162 percent of Federal Poverty Level from 50 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
- Suspending child support requirements instituted on July 1, 2015.
- Suspending restrictive background checks for relative caregivers.
While this agreement is a good start, we recognize that there is significant work to be done in order to end the chaos that has been created in lieu of a state budget. We look forward to working with the governor and the General Assembly on a state budget solution that includes sufficient revenue to fully fund all programs that low-income, hard-working families rely on.