Rauner administration to restore $26 million in grant cuts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says an unexpected windfall of revenue from income tax receipts will allow the state to restore $26 million in social service and public health grants cut earlier this month.

Rauner’s spokesman Thursday cited increased revenues as the reason for the restoration. The Legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability says income tax receipts this month are running roughly half a billion ahead of projections.

Rauner suspended the grants as part of an effort to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole this year. The cuts came after lawmakers passed legislation aimed at plugging the gap with transfers from special state funds and across-the-board budget cuts.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Dan Kotowski says the move eases anxiety for family and service providers affected by the cuts.