Bennett: Grant Funding Restoration is Great News for our Communities

State Representative Tom Bennett today said Governor Rauner’s restoring $26 million in grants for human services and public health programs is a step in the right direction. The Governor’s decision to lift the suspensions and restore funding is based on new revenue estimates from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA).

“The latest GOGFA estimates indicate the state will take in $300-500 million more than originally anticipated by the end of the fiscal year. That’s great news, as is the Governor’s announcement that he will now be able to restore funding for programs he had had to cut a few weeks ago,” Representative Bennett said.

In all, more than $21 million in grants will be restored to programs administered by the Department of Human Services including funeral and burial for the indigent, autism and epilepsy services, and addiction prevention. $4.5 million will be restored to programs administered by the Department of Public Health including the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and project Safe Sleep (SIDS).