By: CBS 4 Newsroom
A year after crippling budget cuts, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is finally getting some good news.
Help is on the way.
"The biggest trauma that was inflicted was not knowing whether or not they were going to be able to provide services in their community to their children and families and what would happen to this very vulnerable population," said Carlene Hawkins, AFSCME President Local 265.
A bill passed Thursday, gives the DCFS $25 million dollars.
It will save hundreds of jobs, help countless abused and neglected children and assist struggling families.
The money comes from the closing of state correctional facilities.
"We were able because of that to have adequate resources, $25 million, in order to make sure out childcare workers were kept on the job and I think there's nothing more important than protecting our children," said Gov. Pat Quinn.
The bill also provides $6 hundred million dollars, for road projects this spring.