Deficit Causes Daycare Drama

Feb 5, 2015

If the state doesn't find the $300 million to cover the budget deficit, smaller daycare facilities of 60-80 kids could close.

Illinois' program that provides subsidized daycare for low-income families is out of cash. A Senate committee attempted to address the issue on Thursday.

Chandra Ankoor is a 24-year-old single mother from Springfield. While she is working, she sends her three daughters to child care that is partially paid for with the help of the state.

If it weren't for this assistance, she says it would cost her every dollar she makes, and then some, to afford the cost of child care.

"I will have to look at three little girls' faces and tell them that there's no where else for them to go. And I'm facing going from working three or four jobs to possibly being homeless," Ankoor said.

She needs the state to find an answer immediately, but the committee did not reach an agreement.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office says it is willing to work with lawmakers to try to find the money, but didn't commit to the $300 million needed to keep the program running.