Damage Done: Rauner Failing Illinoisans with Developmental Disabilities

Chicago, IL – According to a recent federal court ruling, the state is failing to adequately fund services for Illinoisans with developmental disabilities under Bruce Rauner’s failed leadership. Now, the state has to come up with a plan to pay for these vital services that are mandated under a federal consent decree. 
 
This new court ruling compounds Rauner's already abysmal record of taking care of Illinoisans with disabilities in Illinois. Just a few months ago, he vetoed a bill that would give caretakers a raise, and in 2015 and 2016 Rauner proposed budgets that made deep cuts to programs that help Illinoisans with disabilities build better lives.
 
"These are critical programs that help Illinoisans live full lives and be active members of their communities. It should not take a federal judge stepping in for Bruce Rauner to do his job and get them the funding they need," said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. "Bruce Rauner’s damage is done and Illinoisans with disabilities and working families across this state continue to pay the price for his failed leadership.”

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Anna Rosenfeld