House plan to restore child care assistance fails by one vote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plan to restore state-subsidized child care assistance for low-income working parents has failed by one vote in the Illinois House.

The Democrats’ proposal Wednesday would have restored child care for parents who lost it when rules became more restrictive July 1. It received 70 “yes” votes but needed 71 to take effect immediately.

Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria used a procedure to keep the measure alive and change its provisions.

Democrats argue the legislation is necessary to keep parents from being forced to give up jobs to care for children. Because of the budget crisis, Rauner restricted eligibility July 1. His administration acknowledged it would remove 90 percent of families who received the service.