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8:30 am
Fri July 31, 2009

Quinn May Blunt Some Budget Cuts

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is hinting that some education budget cuts won't be as severe as first feared. Quinn is set to lay out today what the budget cuts will look like and where he'll try to blunt their impact.

Quinn has broad authority over the budget because lawmakers didn't spell out where it should be cut and instead gave him power over spending. He says early childhood education programs will do well.

Advocacy groups have been complaining since the Illinois Board of Education recently approved a budget that eliminates funding for some programs and cut money for others including early childhood. But Quinn has warned that state agencies and programs can't expect to get 100 percent of the money they had last year.