More money on the way for Illinois K-12 schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Senate committee has advanced legislation to increase funding for education this year to a level first proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Lawmakers voted 9-2 Wednesday to move the bill to the Senate floor. It would authorize an additional $74 million for K-12 and early childhood education, bringing the total increase over last year to $344 million. The Republican governor recommended a $344 million increase in his proposed 2016 budget. But his plan included large cuts to other programs such as Medicaid. Democrats sent Rauner a budget that cut those programs less than Rauner requested and increased money for schools by $269 million. Rauner signed the school funding bill last week. In a news release, he said he “would have done more for our schoolchildren.”