Hello Friends and Neighbors,
On Thursday, July 9, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB 2040 (House Amendment 1), a one-month budget to pay for the most critical state services. Services such as in-home care for seniors and health care for adults, children with developmental disabilities, monitoring for sexual predators, addiction treatment, support services for the mentally ill, foster care, school for the deaf and visually impaired, and protective care for state wards to name a few.
Additionally, this budget would pay our state police troopers and members of our national guard who are charged with protecting our communities, along with state employee payroll for one month.
While I do not endorse passing a single month temporary budget as the preferred way to solve our current budget impasse, this measure will keep government operating and will ensure services will continue to those most in need. The vulnerable members of our community rely on these services and should not unnecessarily suffer because Springfield politicians have failed to reach an agreement.
I promise to continue to work cooperatively and professionally with my colleagues to develop a budget that eliminates wasteful state spending, while protecting services our families most in need rely on.
SB 2040 (House Amendment 1), now moves to the state senate for further action.
Please see the details of SB 2040, House Amendment 1 below:
• Probation (Courts): Reimbursement to counties for costs incurred for probation services, including costs associated with GPS tracking of sex offenders on probation.
• Community Care Program (Aging): In-home and community-based services allowing senior citizens to remain in their own homes by providing assistance with household tasks and personal care.
• Elderly Nutrition Program (Aging): Meals served to the elderly in group settings and at home.
• Veterans’ Homes (Veterans’ Affairs): Direct care staff, healthcare services, equipment, and food service at the veterans’ homes.
• Medicaid (HFS): Medical assistance payments for services in effect as of June 30, 2015.
• Services for Mentally Ill (DHS): Services to residents with severe mental illnesses, health supportive housing, state-operated mental health facilities and community-based grants.
• Services for the Developmentally Disabled (DHS): Institutional and community-based care for adults and children with developmental disabilities, respite care, and epilepsy services.
• Addiction Treatment (DHS): Inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs and drug counseling.
• Rehabilitation Services (DHS): Services for people with physical disabilities including work placement assistance and step-down assistance to allow disabled people to transition from institutions back into the community.
• WIC Nutrition Program (DHS): Food assistance voucher program for women, infants and children.
• Childcare Services (DHS): Childcare subsidies for low-income parents who are working or participating in post-secondary education.
• Home Services Program (DHS): In-home care and assistance for people with physical disabilities who would otherwise be eligible for institutional care.
• Sexually Violent Persons Program (DHS): To house residents at the Rushville facility operated by DHS. Residents at this facility have served their full sentences within the Illinois Department of Corrections but are deemed too sexually violent to re-enter society.
• School for the Deaf (DHS): A Pre-K-12 school operated by DHS, for students who are deaf or significantly hard of hearing, in Jacksonville, Illinois.
• School for the Visually Impaired (DHS): A Pre-K-12 school operated by DHS, for students who are visually impaired, in Jacksonville, Illinois.
• Independent Living (DHS): Not-for-profit organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities, including peer counseling, individual and systems advocacy, information and referral, and independent living skills training.
• Group Homes, Foster Care, and Protective Services (DCFS): Services for children 0-21 who are wards of the state and reside in group homes and/or foster care settings. Protective services include investigative services for claims of child endangerment and/or neglect.
• Corrections (IDOC): Officer salaries, food, and healthcare services for correctional facilities and parole agent salaries.
• Juvenile Justice (DJJ): Juvenile Justice specialist salaries, food, and healthcare services for detention centers, education, ombudsman, and aftercare specialists.
• National Guard (Military Affairs): Salaries for those whose positions require them to respond in the event of war or national emergency.
• State Troopers (State Police): Salaries for state troopers.
• Conservation Officer Salaries(DNR): Salaries for conservation police.
• Potential Natural Disaster and Monitoring Nuclear Sites (IEMA): Hazard mitigation, response and recovery, and to minimize risk to the public due to radiological hazards posed by Illinois’ nuclear facilities, radiological accidents, and acts of radiological terrorism.
• Law Enforcement Purposes and Security (SOS): Secretary of State Police investigations, enforcement, and arrests.
I will keep you informed as budget negotiations continue through the summer months. Thank you!