SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) issued the following statement today after Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans to restore $26 million in state funding for social service and public health grants; including those for autism services, assistance for the homeless, maintaining the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, funeral and burial assistance for the poor; and other important social services. The Governor’s announcement comes in response to new forecasts showing the state estimated to bring in an extra $300 – $500 million in revenue for this year than previously anticipated.
“I applaud the Governor for taking action today to restore grant funding for initiatives that serve some of the neediest individuals and families in Illinois,” Rep. Wheeler said. “The uptick in the state’s economy generating the extra revenue to make this restoration possible is an indication that the Governor’s pro-growth policies have already begun to make a difference in changing the jobs climate in Illinois. Creating more Illinois jobs for Illinois families will enable us to continue to prioritize funding for essential human services and public health initiatives like the Governor did today.”