SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) 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.
“Responsible leadership means making tough decisions and setting the right priorities,” Rep. Batinick said. “Governor Rauner has done that here, restoring these important grants for social services and public health initiatives that benefit those most in need. We are going to continue working with the Governor to move Illinois forward and fulfill our shared commitment to making Illinois more compassionate and competitive.”
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