FY18 Illinois State Budget

On July 6th, the Illinois House voted 71 to 42 to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget, ending a 736 day impasse.

Public Act 100-0021 had a significant increase in Teen REACH funding. Teen REACH programs will receive $19,489,500 in FY18 funding, an over $6 million increase from FY15. The budget that passed also provided an additional $10,521,800 in Teen REACH funding for FY17; however, the process for programs to access this funding is still unclear. This budget also represents the first time the state has labeled a budget line item Teen REACH. This is due to the Teen REACH codification bill that passed last year. Previously, Teen REACH funding fell under the youth support programs or after-school youth support programs budget line, which meant DHS did not have to use the funding for the Teen REACH program. This is a huge victory for afterschool in Illinois and would not have been possible without the tireless advocacy of advocates and providers around the state. Thank you for your hard work. We can’t wait to see all the wonderful things your programs do this year!

Public Act 100-0022 increases the individual state income tax rate from 3.75% to 4.95% and the corporate rate from 5.25% to 7%. This along with other measures are set to help the state raise over $5 billion dollars in revenue.


Budget Cuts

On October 17, 2017 the Rauner administration outlined $200 million in cuts to the FY18 budget approved in July 2017. The cuts include $89 million to human services across 36 social service programs. The Governor’s office justified the cuts by stating that the budget remains to be $1.5 billion out of balance. For more information, click here.