Child care providers and lower-income parents took the stage over two days of hearings the Illinois Department of Human Services held this week.
It's all about a program called C-CAP, the Child Care Assistance Program which seems to be one of the relatively few casualties in a budgetless state government which has roughly 90 percent of the spending committed anyway by court order, contract, and consent decree.
Jehan Gordon-Booth was the only lawmaker to attend Tuesday's event in Springfield. She's the sponsor of a bill which could reverse the eligibility cuts which have put some parents' employment on thin ice. What makes her think the governor even cares about the people and their lives?
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“My belief is that the governor does not want this program to operate in the way that it has” before this year, she said afterward. “I want to pass SB 570 and work with the administration to reform this program in a way that allows working families to get off of welfare.”
“We feel like the doctor's dictum, 'first, do no harm,' applies here,” says Sean Noble, an advocate representing Ready Nation Illinois, described as a pro-business and pro-social services organization.