Democrat-backed legislation to restore original eligibility requirements for the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) fell one vote shy of advancing in the House on Wednesday.
The measure garnered 70 votes, one vote short of the three-fifths majority needed for passage.
The Senate passed the legislation, SB 570, last month. It would have reversed the Rauner administration's controversial changes to CCAP, which helps low-income working families afford child care.
As part of the Rauner administration's CCAP changes, which took effect on July 1 when the state entered the new fiscal year without a budget, monthly parent co-pays increased and eligibility requirements got tougher. The changes will result in an estimated 90 percent of new applicants being deemed ineligible for the program.