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September 2, 2014, 4:26 pm
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Lawmakers Pass Budget That Cuts Education Funding


Illinois lawmakers have approved a budget that immediately drew fire from both those who say it spends too much and those who say it spends too little. 

 

The spending plan reduces education funding below the current year's levels and may add to the budget worries for many local districts.  That was sharply criticized by education advocates, but other lawmakers objected to what they see as overall spending increases in the budget.

 

The spending plan includes money to keep open a number of state facilities that had been targeted for closure by Gov. Pat Quinn, including the Jacksonville Developmental Center.  But Quinn could still act on his own to close down some or all of them.

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