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Illinois State Board of Education asking for additional $1 billion

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The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers to approve an additional $1 billion for the state's schools next year.

The ISBE approved a budget request Thursday that asks for education to make up one-third of Illinois' total budget. Illinois schools have endured almost $800 million in cuts since 2009 and ISBE Chairman Gery Chico said students should have to take that anymore.

Budget negotiations will officially kick off next month with Governor Pat Quinn's budget address. Tension is expected due to the pending expiration of Illinois' temporary income tax increase (from three to five percent) that will come up next January.

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