Budget shortfall could interrupt juvenile offender program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state’s budget shortfall may impact a program helping juvenile offenders re-enter the community. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office says money to run the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Aftercare program will run out by month’s end if the state can’t come with an additional $5.3 million. The program helps the juvenile offenders find housing and jobs after they’re released from state facilities. It’s the latest in a number of state programs reporting they’re running out of funding. The state’s budget shortfall stems from the expiration of the state’s temporary income tax increase in January. Rauner and top legislative leaders have spent recent weeks negotiating proposed solutions to plug the hole but so far no agreement has been announced.