The General Assembly has approved a new budget ahead of the end-of-session deadline. But emotions ran high during debate over the budget, which cuts millions of dollars from current education funding levels.
Some lawmakers say the state is failing to live up to its obligations to properly fund education. But others contend the budget actually increases… rather than reduces, overall spending.
The budget includes money to preserve several state facilities that Governor Pat Quinn targeted for closure, including the Jacksonville Developmental Center. But Quinn still has the option of closing the facilities and using the money for transition expenses.