Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced plans to reinstate $26 million in grant funds to public health and social services programs.
According to a Rauner spokesman, the ability to restore the funds comes from unforeseen revenues from income tax receipts. The Illinois General Assembly's Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability reports that the receipts are about $500 million ahead of what was anticipated.
The Good Friday cuts were made to help plug a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the remainder of the fiscal year. Lawmakers argued that the cuts were not part of the bargaining done during passage of the stopgap bill that was passed in late March. Although the $26 million will be restored and no additional cuts are expected through the end of the fiscal year, some $300 million in cuts, including to the Monetary Award Programs scholarship and funds for Medicaid health service providers, domestic violence programs and the sickle cell center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, will remain in place.