Illinois State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) has put forward a measure that would reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's suspension of $26 million in grant funds to social services and public health care providers, the Associated Press reports.
Earlier this month on Good Friday, Rauner froze $26 million in funding for funeral expenses for those on public assistance as well as teen, autism and disabilities programs, among other items. The funding freeze was part of an effort to plug this year's current budget deficit.
It is not yet clear whether Rauner backs the measure introduced by Kotowski. If the legislation clears the Senate, the House would examine it, a spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan told the AP.
UPDATE (4:48 p.m.): Legislation to restore the $26 million in social services and public health funding that Rauner suspended earlier this month passed the Illinois Senate Wednesday by a 57-1 vote. The bill, which now goes to the House, would allow Rauner to divert $26 million from designated state funds with surpluses to reverse the budget cuts.