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Gov. Pritzker proposes $23M for birth equity

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- Governor JB Pritzker is calling for state money to make sure all Illinois women can have healthy and safe pregnancies.

The governor is proposing investing $23 million in the 2025 budget for birth equity.

"The maternal mortality rate for Black women in Illinois is three times the rate for white women," Pritzker said. "That is a shame, and we need to reverse that."

That includes $12 million for a child tax credit for low-income families with children under the age of three, $5 million to increase a home visit program for families, and $4.4 million for birth equity grants. 

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