Lawmakers Approve Nearly $5 Billion for Social Services

(AP) Illinois lawmakers approved a plan Tuesday to direct almost $5 billion in federal funds to social service agencies after one advocate described the state’s long-running budget problems as a “death march” for the organizations and the people they serve. The $4.8 billion would be used to fund programs that provide nutrition to women and children, help low-income residents pay their utility bills and offer cancer screenings to people who cannot afford them, among others. Mike Schrimpf, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bruce Rauner, said the Republican supports the plan, which the Senate approved unanimously. It now moves to the House.