- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he won’t cut education funding in the difficult budget year ahead.

The Chicago Democrat made the comments during his annual budget address to lawmakers Wednesday.

Quinn is calling for making the state’s temporary income tax increase permanent and giving homeowners a $500 property tax credit.

The pending rollback of the tax increase in January is expected to cause a $1.6 billion loss in revenue.

He says former Republican governor Jim Edgar was right to use income tax to invest more in education in the late 1990s.

Quinn says his plan creates a state budget that “properly funds” schools. He wants more money for early childhood education and community colleges.

Quinn faces a tough re-election bid against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) in November.

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