Rauner To Pin Budget Message On Education

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner
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Education may once again receive special treatment from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. He's set to unveils his plans for the state budget later Wednesday.

Rauner is in an unprecedented position: he's required to present a plan for a new, balanced state budget when Illinois is eight months into its current fiscal year without one and is running a $6 billion deficit.

But a document from Rauner's office shows he'll again propose a windfall for pre-K through high schools.

The governor's office claims the funding bump will lay the foundation for reform of how Illinois funds schools -- a priority for leading Democrats -- though it's unclear how.

The short memo doesn't say where Illinois will come up with the extra $1.25 billion. There's no mention of new taxes or other new revenue.

Illinois Lawmakers will provide live coverage of the governor's budget address, beginning at 12 PM Wednesday, on WILL-TV and WILL AM 580 (streaming at willnews.org).

Before the budget address, WILL AM 580 presents a one-hour special on the state budget, hosted by Niala Boodhoo, host of WILL's new talk show, The 21st.

Story source: Illinois Public Radio