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.  

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Representative Robert Pritchard voted against the bill and says the state needs to tighten its reigns on spending.

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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.   

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