SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are trying to shuffle money to keep child care services from shutting down across the state.
Illinois is on the verge of halting payments to government-subsidized child care programs that serve about 85,000 parents. Gov. Pat Quinn's administration says money for child care had to be diverted to paying welfare benefits.
The House voted 113-3 Wednesday to take money from other parts of the state budget to avoid interruptions in child care. The measure now goes to the Senate.
House Republican leader Tom Cross blamed Quinn for the problem. He says the Democratic governor intentionally "used" child care providers by spending their funds elsewhere so they would come to Springfield and demand more money.
The bill is SB2450.
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