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On Midwest Week, a very busy veto session is now over for the Illinois General Assembly. 

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State of Illinois

On Midwest Week, for the first time in many, many years, Illinois has reformed its school funding formula, but it wasn't easy.

Now that the impasse over the Illinois state budget is over, a new impasse is over state funding for schools.

State of Illinois

Illinois now has its first state budget in two years, but it doesn't answer some important questions, like how k-12 schools will be funded.

Despite Thursday's approval of a state budget for Illinois, not every sector of state spending is finalized. And that includes elementary and secondary education.

WIU

One of the many people pleased with Thursday's passage of a new state budget is Jack Thomas. The president of Western Illinois University has spent the last three years lobbying in Springfield for higher education funding, and figuring out ways to cut spending on the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities.

State of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Members of the Illinois House will take up the governor's veto of a budget package on Thursday. 

Ill. Gen. Assembly - Barbara Wheeler

 

Time is running out for the governor of Illinois and the legislature to break a two-year deadlock, and agree on a state budget.

Residents of two western Illinois school districts will make an important decision next week - whether to combine the Alwood and Cambridge districts. The consolidation vote on Tuesday follows more than a year of study and meetings, and years of working together in sports and other areas.

Illinois Secretary of State

Is there hope for an end to Illinois' long budget impasse ? Can the so-called "grand bargain" end two years of bickering between the governor and leaders of the General Assembly ?

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