Educators brace for state budget deadline

There’s 2 days left before the start of Illinois’ new fiscal year, and lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner are running out of time to hammer out a new budget. Last week Rauner vetoed a budget passed by the General Assembly that’s said to be more than 3 billion dollars short on revenue. Rauner did approve spending increases for primary and secondary education last week, but did not sign off on higher education spending. Earlier this year, Rauner proposed a 31.5 percent cut in higher-education spending. Legislators approved a cut of just under 9 percent.