In an attempt to cut into the state’s $1.6 billion deficit in this year’s budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner froze $26 million in grants that are mostly earmarked for the poor and vulnerable. 

The frozen funds include money to pay for funeral and burial services for public-aid recipients, HIV and AIDS programs, homeless assistance, Westside health, welcoming centers and programs that help immigrants integrate into US society.

In March, Rep. Arthur Turner (9th) held a community town hall at the Mt. Sinai Community Institute, 2653 W. Ogden Ave., to discuss the cuts. Turner disparaged the governor’s business-like approach to governance.

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