ILLINOIS — Funding for nursing homes will increase by $240 million in the next fiscal year under the state’s new budget.

Of that, $70 million goes to help nursing homes meet minimum staffing requirements. The rest will be part of the reimbursement formula related to food, utilities, maintenance and more.

“This money means survival,” said Pat Comstock, the executive director of the nursing home advocacy group Health Care Council of Illinois. “Our members are thrilled, but they’re also relieved because these dollars are going to provide some much-needed relief.”