Illinois House And Senate Approve $700M For Human Service Programs

May 11, 2016

The Illinois House and Senate approved $700 million to partially finance various human service programs that have gone without state funding since last summer because there's no budget.

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ


A House committee on Wednesday unanimously advanced the bill to the full chamber. The measure would use $450 million from a fund dedicated to human services and $250 million from other special funds.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says the bill is intended to be a stop-gap measure until lawmakers and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner agree on a full budget.

The money would go to programs including homelessness prevention, rental assistance, addiction treatment, and veterans' rehabilitation.

The proposal would fund 46 percent of what human service programs expected to receive had the state budget taken effect July 1.