Illinois lawmakers consider undoing Rauner’s child care cuts

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CHICAGO -- Illinois lawmakers are looking into restoring money for child care programs cut by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The programs help low and middle income families.

But new income guidelines make it tougher for applicants to qualify for state help.

A family of two must not have an income of more than $664 a month.

Critics say people would practically have to be homeless to qualify.

And some child care providers say they may have to close down because of the cuts.

Those currently in the program would be grandfathered in from the new income requirements.

A bi-partisan state panel is meeting in Chicago Tuesday now to talk about funding options.