Jerry Mitchell

Illinois has budget but no school funding plan

Illinois has its belated state budget, but the state Capitol's next flashpoint in the political struggle over finances is about how to fund public education with just weeks before the first day of school.

The spending plan lawmakers enacted this month over Gov. Bruce Rauner's vetoes ended a two-year state-budget stalemate, the nation's longest since at least the Great Depression. It includes a $350 million boost for schools.

But it also includes a provision aimed at forcing Rauner's approval of an altered funding formula that he contends unfairly pushes extra money to the nation's third-largest school district in Chicago.

Rauner has suggested he will veto that newly...

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