ALTON — The days are counting down for Governor Bruce Rauner to sign Senate Bill 2038, which would free up funding for social service agencies throughout Illinois.
The General Assembly passed the measure without a single no vote in May before adjourning.
State Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who has been meeting with human service agencies in an effort to hear their concerns, emphasized the need for Rauner to take action and sign the legislation.
“We are in unprecedented times,” Haine said. “I have met with these organizations and seen the face of this budget impasse. We passed this measure with bipartisan support because we knew something needed to be done to protect the people who are suffering. The time is running out, and these organizations need help.
The General Assembly passed the bill with bipartisan support in an effort to free up emergency funding and keep social service agencies open. However, the governor has failed to take action on the bill, thereby keeping funding locked up and human service agencies under pressure.
“I remain hopeful now that we have been called back to special session that these agencies will receive the relief they need as well as our public schools and universities,” Haine added.