Senator introduces legislation that would restore funding to state programs

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SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restore $26 million in funding grants to public health and social services programs has been introduced by an Illinois State Senator.

The measure, sponsored by State Senator Dan Kotowski, would restore the funding grants that were suspended by Governor Bruce Rauner earlier this year.  The grants were suspended by Rauner in an attempt to help close a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state's budget.

Officials say the money would be used for autism, smoking cessation, and HIV and AIDS programs, as well as to help pay the costs for the funerals and burials of public-assistance recipients.

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