The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services reversed its planned layoff of 300 employees, because DCFS Director Richard Calica believes the agency will get more funding during the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session in November, according to the Chicago Tribune.
However, Calica cannot say where the money is going come from. Gov. Pat Quinn proposed in June using $57 million from closed prison facilities toward DCFS. But, as Progress Illinois examined yesterday, there's an injunction on these closings. That means the state legislature, which cut the $1.2 billion DCFS budget by $90 million this spring, will likely have to look elsewhere to fund the cash-strapped child welfare agency.