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Schools, programs saved by last-day stopgap budget

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SPRINGFIELD  -- On the last day of Fiscal Year 16, lawmakers put together a partial budget for Fiscal Year 17.

"We came to a reasonable place on a bipartisan compromise and I'm cautiously optimistic we can use the negotiations that got us here to bring a constructive resolution after November 8th," said Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democratic Rep. John Bradley of Marion said the bipartisan working groups really helped find the compromise that was needed.

And now, they all need to continue the work. 

"We all need to stick together and hold to that in terms of this was something that was worked out and it was Democracy finally working," said Bradley

The short-term budget will fund departments and services that were not already being funded by a court order. And K-12 will be funded with the current school formula but needy districts will be seeing a bit more. 

"We just got a bi-partisan agreement, a budget for the stopgap. The good thing about it is our schools get to start on time and get our kids back in the schools for a year. Also, more money for our schools in southern Illinois which is always great so we did very well," said Phelps.

Now the stop gap measure and other funding came in the form of five separate bills and Gov. Bruce Rauner has already signed those bills. Rep. Terri Bryant of Murphysboro said this is a win for her district. 

"It allows a little breathing room for higher education. Certainly, it helps Southern Illinois University and all of the community colleges in the 115th District," said Bryant.

The partial budget will end in January for most state departments and services. 

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