Rauner End Run to Cut Budget Another Flashpoint in Impasse - Chicago Tribune
Thwarted by lawmakers in his efforts to dramatically cut state spending, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has turned to a workaround, using an obscure rule-making process to repeatedly tighten eligibility requirements for numerous social service programs for children, the elderly and the disabled.
The tactic is another front in his ongoing battle with Democrats who control the General Assembly, turning a normally staid legislative panel responsible for drafting rules and procedures into a bickering partisan body that has difficulty finding common ground.
Now as Rauner continues to try to force additional cuts, his latest plan would make it more difficult for people to try to get state services restored once they lose them. Critics say it amounts to a one-two punch: First, thousands of people lose home care or help paying for food and electricity; then they face a harder time proving they really need the help.
Domestic Violence Shelters are also affected.