State News
6:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

DCFS warning Il lawmakers against budget cuts

The interim director of Illinois’ child welfare agency is warning state lawmakers against budget cuts. 

Several state agencies have said they’d have to lay off employees if the state income tax rate is reduced. Income taxes are scheduled to drop next year.

Democratic State Representative Greg Harris says if the tax goes down, resulting cuts to the Department of Children and Family Services would hurt kids.

"What we’re doing is we’re spiraling kids from fragile situations into more risky situations. We’re taking children from places of safety and putting them in places of harm," says Harris.

The income tax rate has been a topic of debate in the race for Illinois governor. Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn wants to keep the tax rate at 5 percent while Republican Bruce Rauner has proposed letting the income tax rate drop as scheduled.