Illinois lawmakers have agreed to a six-month budget and education funding plan just in time for the beginning of the new fiscal year. The stopgap budget is designed to keep the state running through the end of the year, and ensures schools open in the fall.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said the deal had to get done now.
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The compromise includes help for Chicago Public Schools by letting the city raise property taxes to fund teacher pensions as well as money for higher education and social service programs statewide.