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House considers Rauner’s proposed cuts to human services

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House is considering legislation that would implement Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts to human services next year.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan presented the proposal Wednesday even though members of his caucus largely oppose the budget plan that would balance the state budget entirely by slashing spending. Medicaid would be cut by $1.5 billion. Mental health and addiction treatment programs would also see cuts.

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The bill is HB4141

Madigan says the vote is intended to “facilitate consideration” of the next year’s budget.

Rauner has left the door open to new revenue sources but the Republican governor also wants lawmakers to approve pro-business priorities.

House Human Services Appropriations Chair Greg Harris says Rauner’s proposal attempts to balance the budget “on the backs of the most vulnerable.”