Rauner releases detailed list of budget cuts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office has begun to implement some of the cuts approved by lawmakers as part of a budget fix for this fiscal year.

The legislation that aims to close a $1.6 billion budget gap includes transfers from special funds as well as a 2.25 percent across-the-board cut to various state agencies and programs.

According to a document released to The Associated Press by Rauner’s budget office, the Department of Human Services will be cut by $1.1 million. Programs affected include a $419,000 cut to domestic violence shelters, a $103,000 reduction to homeless youth services and $11,000 from the University of Illinois’ Sickle Cell Center.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services couldn’t immediately say how soon the cuts would be enacted.