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Rauner v. Rauner? The fight over child care

Ounce of Prevention, an organization headed by Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, is asking the state’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to look at the new child care requirements.

On July 1, Gov. Bruce Rauner drastically restricted the number of families who can get child care assistance, as the budget impasse continues. Ounce of Prevention has criticized the rule since.

“As many as 90 percent of people who are going to apply for childcare are not going to be eligible and that’s really creating a disincentive for low income families to find employment,” said Ounce’s Ireta Gasner.

Ounce of Prevention, along with four other advocacy organizations, wrote the letter to JCAR. Gasner says Diana Rauner is aware of everything that Ounce has done and “the work moves forward, so I think that kind of speaks for itself.”

The governor's office did not provide a comment.

Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her @shannon_h

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