SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers approved what is primarily a short-term spending plan Thursday, although one of the people who negotiated it — Gov. Bruce Rauner — declined to even call it a budget.

But Rauner did sign the spending bill (SB 2047) early Thursday evening, about four hours after the Senate approved it.

“This is not a budget. This is not a balanced budget. This is not a solution to our long-term challenges,” Rauner said after the House and Senate each overwhelmingly approved the so-called stopgap spending plan. “This is a bridge to reform. That’s what this is.”

It provides a full year’s budget for preschool through high school education and for road construction, but every other part of state government, including higher education, receives only six months’ worth of funding.

The chief sponsor of the bill in the House, state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, said the spending plan “is meant to keep the lights on.”

But it does boost elementary and secondary education substantially, keeps road construction projects going, ensures that cash-strapped public colleges and universities will open for the fall semester and gives some measure of funds to social service agencies.

“Schools need to open their doors on time this fall,” said Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign. “It was important that all levels of government, regardless of any political party, find a way to work together to reach a compromise. We can’t risk our children’s future for the sake of political games.”

Elementary and secondary education receives $524 million more in this budget than in the one for the fiscal year that ended Thursday. No school district in the state would receive less money this year than last, lawmakers said, and an additional $250 million would be made available to districts with high levels of poverty.

Bennett said four large school districts in Champaign and Vermilion counties would get an additional $4 million out of the budget deal: $1.49 million to Danville schools, $864,435 to Champaign schools, $629,035 to schools in Urbana and $503,931 to the Rantoul City Schools district.

The state will fully fund the education foundation level for the first time in seven years, legislators noted.

“Every school district was between 92 and 96 percent of the foundation level last year,” said state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin. “Before that it was as low as 84 percent, so with schools getting 100 percent of the foundation level, that’s a positive situation.”

The spending deal also gives more money to the financially troubled Chicago Public School system, but requires a $250 million increase in local property taxes to help cover teacher pension costs. A side agreement would give CPS a one-time grant of $215 million for pension costs, but only if the Democratic-controlled Legislature acts on a broad pension reform bill for state employees, teachers, university employees, judges and the General Assembly.

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