Rauner suspends $26 million in social services
SPRINGFIELD — Governor Bruce Rauner suspends $26 million in funds for social service programs.
They include those that help youth in poor neighborhoods, fight AIDS and help immigrants obtain citizenship.
The cuts are part of Governor Rauners’s plan to deal with a $1.6 billion dollar budget shortfall he inherited, and keep the state operating through the June 30 end of the fiscal year.
A Rauner spokeswoman says he worked with several agencies to prioritize essential services.
She says the expenditures were based on the assumption a temporary income tax would be extended past January, which didn’t happen.