Governor Pritzker says the state budget includes record investments in the children of Illinois. The spending plan, which goes into effect in July, includes 600 million dollars in college MAP grants and more money for homeless youth and after-school programs. There’s also additional funding for pre-school programs and to help teens find summer jobs.
File photo/Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker addresses reporters Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Springfield, Ill., about a budget deal reached among Democrats Thursday, including $1.8 billion in tax relief and setting aside $1.2 billion for future emergency and to pay down pension debt. Behind Pritzker is House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, left. (AP Photo/John O'Connor)