Very few conservatives said they favored reducing (or cutting out altogether) spending on any program. The least popular program proved to be childcare — with a grand total of 20 percent of conservatives saying they’d slash it.
[In second place is public schooling.]
Illinois' payroll has been shrinking for years now and few state agencies have been slimmed down more than the departments of Human Services and Children and Family Services.
What amounts to a preliminary budget posted at midday on the state's Web site calls for enormous spending cuts in education, with significant reductions in human services, public safety and other non-health care spending.
One reason schools are being hit so hard is because the state is losing $922 million in federal stimulus funding for education that was available in 2010 but is not being offered in 2011, at least now.