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Governor Rauner Promotes Illinois Adoption Tax Credit

Chase Cavanaugh/WNIJ

Governor Bruce Rauner visited Rockford Thursday to highlight a new adoption tax credit.  The measure was added to the 2019 state budget and covers each child a family adopts. The amount would be $2,000 for out-of-state kids of any age, but more for a child born in Illinois who is at least one year old.

"We’re starting at $5,000 for each family and that’s one of the highest in the country, and I want to take us up in the future so we are the greatest tax credit state supporting families with making adoption more affordable, more financially sustainable," he said.

The age requirement for the Illinois children is meant to encourage adopters to look beyond newborns.

Rauner made the announcement at Children’s Home And Aid, a family service agency that helps arrange adoptions and foster parenting.  He was accompanied by State Senators Dave Syverson and Steve Stadelman, along with several local politicians.

The governor says he wants to raise the credit each year and remove bureaucratic hurdles for families wanting to adopt.