Burzynski: New laws affect

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Two new state laws will help working families better afford daycare and will protect the health of children at such facilities, according to state Sen. Brad Burzynski (R-Sycamore).

Burzynski was a sponsor of House Bill 294/Public Act 93-361, which increases income thresholds for the state’s child care program. The program helps pay for quality child care so low-income, working families can work and families receiving state aid can prepare for work.

“The rates for the state’s child care assistance program have not been raised since 1997, yet the cost of living has certainly increased in that time, leaving many families just short of qualifying for necessary child care assistance,” said Burzynski. “For many families, the choice is work and leave the kids home alone or don’t work and collect welfare. Increasing the income levels for this program means fewer families have to make that choice.”

The increase will take effect Sept. 1.

Burzynski supported another new law, Senate Bill 1079/Public Act-93-381, which requires licensed day care facilities to notify parents before they spray with pesticides. The notification allows parents to make alternative arrangements if their child is allergic to pesticides.

Day care centers were required to provide notice beginning July 1, 2004.

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