Rauner makes $26 million in cuts to social services, public health

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SPRINGFIELD - In order to help close a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state budget, Governor Bruce Rauner has suspended $26 million in public health grants and social services.

The move follows the suspension of parks and recreation grants in March, totaling an unknown amount.  Rauner was given the authority to suspend funding for non-essential spending under a budget deal that was approved by state lawmakers.

The cuts to social services and public health programs include $7 million to pay for public aid recipients' funerals and burials, nearly $4 million for HIV and AIDS awareness, autism, and other community programs, and $3 million each for teen and immigrant programs, and programs to help citizens quit smoking.

According to Rauner spokesperson Catherine Kelly, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the state Department of Public Health, and Rauner's office worked together to determine which areas would see cuts.

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