An Illinois House panel has signed off on a $13 billion budget for the state public school system that is almost a billion more than this year's budget. This would reverse the trend of cutting funding for K through 12 education. Republicans say while the bigger education budget is nice, they can't support it since it is predicated on keeping the state income tax rate where it is instead of letting it expire as scheduled. Representative David McSweeney, a Republican from suburban Barrington Hills, says his party was excluded from budgeting for schools.
The full House is expected to vote on the education budget today.
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