Statement on $26 Million Restoration to Grant Cuts

As a result of the 1.5 billion dollar hole in this year’s unbalanced budget, fiscal year 2015, signed by former Governor Pat Quinn, numerous cuts were necessary to state programs. This included $26 million dollars in cuts to autism funding, funding for indigent burials, epilepsy programs, and other human services. In response to revised estimates of this year’s revenues, the governor has made the decision to restore the $26 million dollars in funding. I want to praise the governor, who was put in a very difficult position by the Democrat controlled General Assembly, for restoring this funding which benefits our most vulnerable citizens.