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The state has restored funding for one of the programs Children's Home and Aid cut two years ago, the Butterfly Project.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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McLean County government must cut up to 25 people from its workforce, County Administrator Bill Wasson said Monday during a Board Finance Committee meeting.

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There has been another high-level departure from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

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Illinois spent $14 million on planning for state universities' construction projects that have been mothballed.

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Flanked by local Republican legislators and school officials, Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped by Bloomington High School on Thursday to tout the state's new school funding formula.

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The Illinois Senate has approved a new system for funding schools that will reduce large disparities between wealthy and poor districts.

Illinois Senate To Take Up School Funding Overhaul

Aug 29, 2017
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The Illinois Senate on Tuesday is expected to take up a school funding overhaul that will increase aid to all of the state's more than 800 districts.

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Illinois legislative leaders say they're still working out final details of a plan to fund the state's public schools.

Legislative leaders Thursday announced a tentative compromise on the thorny issue of school funding, but opposition is mounting to one part of that deal.

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Illinois' legislative leaders said Thursday they've reached a tentative agreement in the state's school funding fight, but details are still being worked out.

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Frustrated by years of gridlock and bad decisions in Springfield, a panel of experts said Thursday that local governments, nonprofits, and business leaders may need to go their own way and rebuild their starved social service network using community resources.

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Four members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's communications team have resigned weeks after being hired in the wake of the Republican's conflicting response to a political cartoon that critics call racist.  

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The business manager for Unit 5 said Wednesday he has never faced more uncertainty concerning school funding during his time with the district.

Superintendents, Mayors Push For School Funding Fix

Aug 23, 2017
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School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula.

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Illinois lawmakers are continuing to head for the exits. So far this year, at least 19 state senators and representatives have resigned, announced runs for higher office, or said they won’t seek re-election.

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The Illinois House speaker said Wednesday that his chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding plan.

Republican Bill Brady on the Senate floor.
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The lawmaker responsible for the school funding plan endorsed by the Senate over Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto said Sunday that the House should vote to override too.

Between a new state pension plan and Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the Democrats' school funding plan, some school districts would be in for a big hit in July 2020. The two changes would have a particularly significant impact on districts with high rates of teacher turnover and declining enrollment.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Mark Daniel said Wednesday he is cautiously optimistic the school's bus contractor will do better than the start of school last year.

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A plan being floated to steer taxpayer money toward a voucher-like program for families that send their children to private schools is a dangerous step backward toward segregation, Unit 5’s superintendent said Tuesday.

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The Illinois Senate will meet Sunday to deal with Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding measure.

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to step up the pace in dealing with the state’s debt.

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Schools are set to receive payment from the state in just three days, but that can’t happen until the Illinois legislature approves a new evidence-based funding model.

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With schools set to open in just a few weeks, Illinois still doesn't have any way to send money to schools.

K-12 funding has become the latest partisan battleground at the statehouse, and Tuesday one procedural misstep may have inadvertently made the gridlock even worse.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday the way public schools get money in Illinois will be more "fair and equitable" with his changes to a school funding bill.

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The future of state funding for Illinois schools was still up in the air late Monday.

School Funding Bill On Way To Rauner

Jul 31, 2017
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Negotiations for a new Illinois school funding plan have broken down, jeopardizing money for classrooms statewide as the new academic year approaches.

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State Sen. Jason Barickman issued a clarifying statement Thursday after implying during a press conference that Gov. Bruce Rauner would “hold” the controversial school funding bill after it lands on his desk instead of immediately vetoing it.

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Illinois comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing back against accusations that she has withheld money schools need to open.

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