Illinois education funding – from pre-school through college graduation – is in place, thanks to three bills Gov. Pat Quinn signed Thursday afternoon. “In this budget, it's pretty much a flat budget with respect to investing in education,” said the governor. “We're lucky to have that, frankly.” He used the opportunity to rail about the legislature’s lack of action on pensions, as a conference committee charged with finding a compromise met at the same time, a short distance away.
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“I still feel – I think the people feel – we can do better. With pension reform, we will have more money for our children,” he said. The education funding measures the governor signed are H.B. 208, S.B. 2555 and S.B. 2556. The fiscal year begins Monday.