Before the bill was signed, some families would give up custody of their child to the Department of Children and Family Services. It was the only way, those families said, to get their child the needed help.
Rhonda Rasche won $50,000 playing the lottery, but has filed a lawsuit because she can't get her money. The Illinois Lottery says it is not authorized to pay out large prizes because the state doesn’t have a spending plan.
The state’s Child Care Assistance Program provides subsidies to low-income and working families for daycare. But it’s taken a hit during the impasse, causing some providers to turn away families and lay off staff.