Child care leader ousted after delivering negative assessment of Rauner cuts

SPRINGFIELD — The woman, who for several decades oversaw Illinois day care, was asked by legislators last week to assess the impact of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new rules on child care program cuts. Linda Saterfield responded that the cuts were devastating.

On Tuesday, it was made known that Saterfield was ousted from her job after delivering that testimony.

State Rep. Lou Lang had asked about the cuts if some of the people rejected for day care have to quit their jobs to take care of their own children, and Saterfield answered that it is a possibility.

The Rauner Administration is saying Saterfield was reassigned to another post in the Department of Human Services “for internal personnel reasons.”

Saterfield had served Illinois child care for more than 35 years.