Quinn's Cuts Concern Families

Published 03/15 2012 05:51PM

Updated 03/15 2012 06:50PM

Governor Quinn wants to slash child care services. Now some families fear they'll lose the help they depend on.

There will be some big changes for families in the Child Care Assistance Program. It offers discounted rates for daycare to low-income and working parents. Quinn wants to cut millions of dollars from that program. He'd also like to toughen its requirements and increase co-pays.

Advocates rallied in Decatur today, protesting Quinn's plans. They say he's ultimately going to hurt the economy because families won't be able to work and support their children.

More than 85,000 families are a part of the Child Care Assistance Program. Advocates say these cuts wouldn't just impact parents, but also day care workers here in Illinois.

Governor Quinn has said all along that he's going to have to make some challenging cuts to get the state's budget back on track. The general assembly will still have to approve all of his plans.


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