The new director of Illinois’ child welfare system is having a hard time defending Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts.
Democratic state senators are pushing the head of the Department of Children and Family Services to account for more than $100 million in cuts. Under Rauner’s proposal, 18-year-olds would be cut out of state services.
George Sheldon struggled to defend the cuts against questions during testimony in Springfield.
“What is your expectation if this all happens on July first, food and shelter, what happens the next day? Where do they wake up? Welcome to Illinois,” Senator William Delgado said. “Welcome to your governor’s budget.”
Sheldon says the agency should focus on protecting those under the age of 5.