Childcare providers in Illinois will get paid after all. Governor Quinn previously said the state could no longer afford to pay for the program, at least not for the rest of this fiscal year. But lawmakers have found a way to keep the program running. They've voted to shift about 73-million dollars within the state's budget to cover the costs.
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The measure passed with overwhelming support in the House but some lawmakers say the state can't keep going down this cycle. Representative Mike Bost says Governor Quinn took money from the childcare fund and spent it somewhere else. But Representative Will Davis defended Quinn, saying the money went towards helping more families that needed temporary assistance. Regardless of the debate, finding money for the program means about 85-thousand single parents can keep their kids in daycare and 33-thousand child care providers can keep their doors open. The bill now moves to the Senate.