Jesiel Responds to Human Services Stopgap Funding

Responding to the passage of a stopgap funding measure in the Illinois House of Representatives that will provide funds to Illinois’ numerous human services providers, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) had this to say:

“This isn’t a final solution, but it will ensure the doors stay open for the providers that take care of our most vulnerable,” said Jesiel. “What this measure really does is demonstrate that we can work together and find creative solutions to get things done when there is a willingness from both sides to do so.”

The measure, Amendment to Senate Bill 2038, uses funds from the Commitment to Human Services Fund and other state funds, but critically does not use General Revenue Funds. As with the funds used from the Education Assistance Fund in the higher education stopgap measure, these funds were already set aside for human services and will not add to Illinois’ current backlog of unpaid bills.

“It’s regrettable it took this long to get something done, but this could be another sign the games are coming to an end. Until we do pass a constitutionally required balanced budget, the task isn’t complete,” Jesiel added.