State Rep. Sarah Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) proposed Friday a bill in the Illinois House that routes $74 million to the 40,000 child care providers for which state money ran out last week. Gov. Pat Quinn announced last Thursday that the state's Child Care Assistance Program ran out of money this fiscal year to pay for child care, meaning that providers would not be reimbursed for April and would not be paid for May and June. Some of the limited child care funds were diverted to pay Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, recipients.
About 85,000 Illinois parents access state subsidized child care.