GOP lawmakers file school, state spending plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican leaders have filed legislation to fund schools and other government operations as Illinois heads toward a second year without a full state budget.

Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin introduced bills Tuesday that increase funding for K-12 education by more than $240 million. No school district loses money under the plan. Funding for Chicago Public Schools remains level.

Senate Democrats’ plan increases money for schools by about $760 million and sends about $400 million more to CPS.

That will be a major sticking point when lawmakers return to Springfield on Wednesday.

Gov. Bruce Rauner calls the additional money a “bailout.” Democrats say their plan treats CPS the same as other districts.

The GOP stopgap budget provides $1 billion for colleges and money for prisons, social services and other programs.