SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that ensures public schools stay open for a year and provides colleges and social services programs money for six months.
The Republican governor signed the partial budget Thursday evening after he and Democratic leaders crafted a deal after days of negotiations. The agreement brings short-term certainty to the state as a new fiscal year begins Friday, but it doesn't solve the ideological chasm that has led to Rauner and Democrats failing to pass a full budget.
The plan gives schools just over $11 billion in state and federal dollars and higher education institutions $1 billion. Social services programs will get about $700 million and various state agencies are also getting funding to cover operational expenses until January.