By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on the Illinois budget a day before Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his annual state spending plan (all times local):

8 p.m.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner plans to call for more funding for public schools during his annual budget presentation but it comes at a time when the state continues to operate without a spending plan for the current year.

Rauner’s office says his speech to lawmakers Wednesday will include a proposal to allocate $393 million for early childhood education, an increase of $75 million. The governor also wants to increase the amount of money the state budgets on average per district. Rauner will tell lawmakers that the state “must make the education of our children our top priority,” according to a speech excerpt.

Rauner’s plan may be complicated by the fact that the state is entering its eighth month without a budget and the governor and Democrats who control the Legislature have been unable to agree on how to proceed.


2:15 p.m.

Advocates for more spending on education and human services are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to embrace higher taxes and a balanced state budget on the eve of his annual budget presentation.

The Responsible Budget Coalition held a state Capitol news conference a day before the conservative governor is scheduled to present a budget plan for the year that begins next July 1. Rauner continues to differ with Democrats controlling the Legislature over a budget that should have started last July 1.

Bruce Carter is director of Wells Center in Jacksonville. He says the lack of a state budget has forced the substance-abuse treatment center to end prison-diversion programs with five counties.

Richetta Harris-El says she had to give up child care for working families because the program isn’t being funded.

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