There is money for a lot of things in state government, but subsidies to child care providers is still not one of them. Tuesday's House session put a spotlight on that point. “The governor's cuts show that he is out of touch with working families,” said Kathy Fellhauer, who runs a Jacksonville day care. “The governor's cuts mean that in Illinois, parents who work full time for minimum wage earn too much to qualify for child care assistance.”
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A lawmaker from Fellhauer's district said when you're out of money, you're out of money. “It's already a broken promise, right?” said State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville). “We're giving you pie in the sky, and we don't have it.” The vote to undo the cuts had Republicans voting either Present or not at all. HB 4149 A2 has passed the House, 58-0-11.