O'BRIEN-KLINGLER-RONEN-LINDNER-ERWIN, MULLIGAN, GASH,
CROTTY, HOWARD, FEIGENHOLTZ, SCHAKOWSKY, CURRIE, SILVA,
SCHOENBERG, BOLAND, GIGLIO, NOVAK, MCKEON,
JONES,SHIRLEY, DART, GILES, MAUTINO, JONES,LOU,
HOLBROOK AND MOORE,EUGENE.
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Replaces "every
year" with "annually" in a Section concerning day care.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Deletes reference to:
20 ILCS 505/5.15
Adds reference to:
305 ILCS 5/9A-11
Deletes everything. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code in
provisions regarding child care assistance. Provides that the
Department of Human Services shall allocate not less than 2.5% of the
funds appropriated to the Department for child care services to
provide child care services to persons at risk of becoming TANF
recipients whose family income is below the threshold for eligibility
and who are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in certain
specified employment or education programs. Provides that the income
of a parent of an applicant claimed as a tax dependent on that
parent's federal income tax return shall be considered in determining
the eligibility of certain applicants for child care services who are
at risk of becoming TANF recipients. Requires the Department to col-
lect identifying information and data on persons who apply for child
care services who are at risk of becoming recipients of TANF whom the
Department is unable to serve due to a lack of sufficient resources.
Changes the income eligibility threshold for services from 50% of
State median income to 60% of current State median income. Effective
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Provides that notwithstanding the income level at which families
become eligible to receive child care assistance, any family which
remains otherwise eligible for child care assistance shall continue to
receive child care assistance until the family income exceeds 60% of
current State median income.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.
Provides that the Department of Human Services shall set aside 6%
of all funds appropriated to the Department to provide child care
services under the Code to expand the quality of child care provided
and 4% to expand the supply of child care provided, specifically
including rehabilitation and construction of facilities and building
the supply of care in identified areas of need, such as infant and
toddler care, care for children with special needs, and before and
after school care.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 4.
Creates a Task Force on Child Care Rates for the purposes of
reviewing the results of the 1998 child care market rate survey
conducted by the Department of Human Services and making
recommendations to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the
Secretary of Human Services regarding the implementation of the
findings of the 1998 market rate survey. Provides that the Task Force
shall consist of 15 members, appointed by the Governor, the Majority
and Minority Leaders of the General Assembly, the Secretary of Human
Services, and the Director of Children and Family Services. Provides
that the Task Force shall submit a report of its findings and
recommendations to the General Assembly and to the Governor by
December 1, 1998 and that the Task Force is abolished on January 1,
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 5.
Provides that co-payments for child care for a family with one
child in care shall not exceed 8% of the family's gross annual income,
and for a family with 2 children in care shall not exceed 10% of the
family's gross annual income, with nominal increases for additional
children. Makes allowances for newly employed families and for summer
care rates for school-aged children of families in good standing.
Provides that non-profit and governmental entities that receive State
subsidies for the provision of child care and collect no less than 90%
of co-payment fees due per month shall be reimbursed by the Department
of Human Services for any remaining fees not collected up to 10% of
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 7.
Deletes everything. Reinserts language identical to the bill as
previously amended but removes provisions detailing the assistance to
be provided to families at risk of becoming TANF recipients and
provisions changing the income eligibility guidelines for child care
FISCAL NOTE, H-am 7 (DHS)
The Department's child care fee scale indicates that a weekly
fees for more than two children in care increase by only
$0-l.00 for each additional child at the same earnings levels.
If a family's income increases by certain amounts and they have
an additional child in care, fees increase by more than $1.00.
Co-payments would be reduced for families who make $19,638 (45%
of the SMI for a family of three) or more. The amendment does
not address where (or how) providers would make up the lost
The budgetary impact of the Dept. assuming these co-payments
will cost approximately $1.8 million annually. This cost es-
timate assumes 25% of current cases (with new earnings) and
newly approved earned income cases will qualify based on an
average monthly co-payment benefit of $50 per case.
Requires that certain families be charged a full-time summer
co-payment equal to the part-time school-year fee. The fiscal
impact would be a reduction in co-payments collected by child
Requires reimbursement by the Dept. to certain providers for
uncollected fees. Whatever amount is estimated, additional
appropriations would be required to meet this purpose.
STATE MANDATES ACT FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 7
Fails to create a State mandate.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: 99-01-12
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 6 SENATE - 0
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