- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first State of the State speech will reiterate his call to increase education funding despite warning for weeks that painful budget cuts may be coming.

That’s according to an official in the Republican’s administration. The person spoke only on condition of anonymity so as to not pre-empt the governor’s noon speech on Wednesday.

The official said Rauner will advocate hiking spending for early childhood education and K-12 schools. He’ll also promote investment in technical and vocational training.

Rauner hasn’t said how he’d pay for the school funding increase or how it might affect other areas of the budget. He was not expected to address many other budget details.

The state faces a $5.7 billion budget gap next year after the expiration of the state’s temporary income tax increase.

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