The state's finances are tight, but education is still a priority for lawmakers. Lawmakers sent a budget to Governor Pat Quinn's desk that only funds elementary and secondary schools at 89% of what state statute calls for. State representative Ken Dunkin says they're doing their best to make sure schools don't take a cut next year.
Representative Robert Pritchard voted against the bill and says the state needs to tighten its reigns on spending.
The budget holds funding flat next year for K-12 and colleges and universities across Illinois. It's the first time in years that education isn't taking a cut. But, even without the cuts, Republicans argue the bill doesn't do enough to ensure kids outside Chicago get all the money they need.