Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker offers financial incentives to suburbs that house immigrants

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) is offering additional funding to Chicago suburbs to support their communities, but with a catch: The suburbs will only receive the money if they agree to house immigrants who have been bused to the Windy City and neighboring towns since last year.

The state announced $17 million to address the migrant crisis. Over 38,000 immigrants have arrived in Chicago since August 2022, when the first bus sent by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) arrived in the city. Pritzker said the millions of dollars in funding will go toward welcome centers, work permit applications, housing, and healthcare.

Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly appropriated $42.5 million from the General Revenue Fund to the state’s human services department in the fiscal 2024 budget. The $17
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