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State Faces $3 Billion Budget Deficit, Education Could Take Major Hit

WTVO/WQRF - Education could be the victim of budget cuts.

WTVO/WQRF - Education could be the victim of budget cuts.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced today the state is in a nearly $3 billion budget hole.  If left unchecked, school funding could take a hit.

"I [want to] jumpstart a discussion on how we bridge a $3 billion gap" says Cullerton.  "I'm here to urge my Republican counterparts to join the discussion."

The shortfall comes from rising costs for required state programs, as well as the suspension of the temporary income tax hike.

Cullerton warns classrooms could become more crowded as buildings close and teachers could be laid off.

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