The Illinois House voted 113-3 yesterday to give an emergency funding injection to state child care providers. Illinois' 40,000 providers learned two weeks ago that the state cannot pay them for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. House Republican leaders voted for the bill, but criticized Quinn for mismanaging the state budget.
But as we reported last week, the lack of money is largely due to limited federal funds that Illinois must first use to pay Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.
The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate.