Chicago parents and child care providers pledged Thursday to ramp up pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner over his cuts to a program that helps low-income working families afford daycare.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) and state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) joined child care workers and parents in denouncing Rauner's emergency changes to the Child Care Assistance Program during a town hall meeting hosted by SEIU* Healthcare Illinois at the Edgewater library.
"This is an attack on families," Harris said of the child care cuts. "It's an attack on working people. It's an attack on kids, and it's just wrong."
Schakowsky called Rauner's actions "mean-spirited."
"This is not an option to cut child care, freeze the admission and reduce eligibility," she stressed.
A federal appeals court has granted class action certification in a case brought by three Chicago Public School educators on behalf of over 200 teachers and staff who lost there jobs in 2012 as a result of school "turnarounds."
Chicago parents have filed a complaint with the city's Inspector General over the decision by the Chicago Public Schools to postpone its public hearing on new school proposals for the Dyett High School campus.