Comptroller Says Early Childhood Intervention Will Be Funded, Fires Back at Critics

Comptroller Leslie Munger says her office has determined that early intervention services for children up to age 3 should have been paid under a previous consent decree requiring funding for some social services during the budget impasse.

As a result, Munger says payments to providers will begin being processed immediately. Munger said Wednesday that those payments are a “relatively low amount” in comparison to the overall Illinois budget crisis.

Meanwhile, the Comptroller is firing back at critics, saying she’s not just a “mouthpiece” for Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

Munger says some people have suggested she’s promoting a business-friendly agenda similar to Rauner’s because he tells her to. The Comptroller says that she disagrees with Rauner on some issues, such as cuts to subsidized child care. Munger says those cuts went too deep.

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