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Bush shows support for child care providers

Bush shows support for child care providersAs the budget impasse continues, child care providers have been left to wonder whether the state aid that they rely on to operate will be available when they need it. Governor Rauner has repeatedly targeted the Child Care Assistance Program for cuts under his budget proposals, and with the absence of a budget the funding for the program is still uncertain.

State Senator Melinda Bush decided to visit Dortha Rivers, who has been a child care provider for 21 years, to see what exactly is at stake for her. Rivers lives in Zion and operates an at home child care center that serves a variety of children. Senator Bush had the opportunity to read and play with the children as well as observe what a day in the life of a home child care provider is like.   

Top 5 Things you should know about child care assistance

top5ccap-webIllinois' Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families afford child care while parents work or attend school. Thousands of families may lose this assistance if the governor's plans to cut funding becomes a reality.

How much do you know about child care costs? Watch this.

Illinois creates Emanuel AME Day of Remembrance

trotter-emanuelameSPRINGFIELD – This week the Illinois State Senate honored S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney and the other victims of the Charleston church massacre with a day of remembrance on June 17. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago), sponsor of the day of remembrance legislation, Senate Resolution 680, gave the following floor speech:

“Condolences to the victims of the horrific massacre in South Carolina -- killings that rattled all sensibilities of reasonable people. There are no rational reasons for the act. There is no singular cause. Mental health issues, lack of education, poverty, cultural misinterpretations, misguided influences and hopelessness are all parts of a long menu of systemic causes that manifested into hatred and fatal aggression toward other human beings.

Sullivan: Illinois modernizes 911 funding

911picSPRINGFIELD— An overhaul that modernizes how Illinois funds its 911 call centers was signed into law Monday. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the proposal, Senate Bill 96, which was a result of a yearlong review of Illinois’ 911 systems.

“There is a patchwork of more than 200 different 911 systems in the state, and there were nine counties without any system whatsoever. Our goal was to create a modern, efficient 911 system that serves both cities and rural communities equally well, and that’s what this overhaul accomplishes,” Sullivan said.