The Illinois House has approved a $700 million plan to partially finance a number of human service programs that have not received funding since last summer because of the lack of state budget. The Senate followed shortly after in giving its approval and sending the bill to the Governor’s desk.
The proposal would fund 46 percent of what human service programs expected to receive had the state budget taken effect July 1.
The bill would use $450 million from a fund dedicated to human services and $250 million from other special funds. The money would go to programs including homelessness prevention, rental assistance, addiction treatment, and veterans rehabilitation.
Governor Rauner has said he would prefer a full budget instead of short-term funding for human services.