- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Whether state funding for public schools has risen or fallen under Gov. Pat Quinn has become a heated issue in the Democrat’s race against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. Quinn says he’s increased it by $442 million from 2009-2015. Rauner says it has decreased $600 million. An Associated Press fact-check determined that who’s right depends on whose money you count, and what time period. Rauner counts federal aid in 2009, Quinn says it’s not fair to include that short-term fix the state couldn’t control. But the AP found that, even without federal assistance, state spending topped out in 2011 - and has fallen since.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Pct Chg
State aid $7.40 $7.28 $7.02 $6.75 $6.55 $6.69 $6.81 -7.97%
Federal stimulus $1.04 $0.79 - - - - - -
Without stimulus $6.36 $6.49 $7.02 $6.75 $6.55 $6.69 $6.81 7.08%

Source: Illinois State Board of Education.

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