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Rep. Leitch was proud to welcome Aadi, a student at Dunlap Valley Middle School, to be an Honorary Page in the Illinois House earlier this week.

SPRINGFIELD… State Representative David Leitch (R-Peoria) supported legislation on Thursday to provide $700 million in emergency stopgap funding to human services agencies in Illinois reeling from the effects of the lack of a FY 16 State Budget.

SB 2038, which overwhelmingly passed the Illinois House on Thursday, provided a dedicated emergency funding source, mostly from the Commitment to Human Services Fund that was set up as part of the temporary income tax hike in 2010 and contains unspent money.  The approximately $700 million in funding will be directed to human services programs that are not covered by consent decrees or existing court orders.  The funding is estimated to provide approximately 46% of the spending those programs would have encompassed this fiscal year.

“I was happy to support this stopgap measure’s passage as it will provide some relief to human services agencies and the people who rely on their services.  I was especially pleased that money to fund psychiatric services was finally provided in this measure,” said Leitch on Thursday following the bill’s passage.

Funding for psychiatric services has been a priority for Rep. Leitch as one of the leading advocates in the Illinois House concentrating on mental health treatment and recovery efforts.

Rep. Leitch can be reached at his Peoria Legislative Office at 309-690-7373.
Great to see students from Quest Charter School at TECH Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks for coming to town for the day!

Great to see students from Lostant Elementary at TECH Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks to Dr. Malahy and Marjorie Archdale for accompanying students Jacob and Ethan, who are 8th Graders at Lostant.

Great to see students from Midland High School at TECH Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks to Dean Poignant and Leah Ramseyer for accompanying students Madeline, Olson, and Jerod.

Great to see students from Princeville High School at TECH Day in the Capitol Rotunda. Thanks to Anne Krolicki and Joanna Carroll for accompanying students Lydia and Lacey, who are Juniors at Princeville.

Rep. Leitch was eager to hear about Michael Lotspech's senior research project in the Capitol Rotunda today.  Michael is from Bradford, Illinois and is graduating from University of Illinois-Springfield.