Illinois House approves 1st parts of budget deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has sent to the Senate the final pieces of a budget deal that would increase funding for schools by more than $500 million and keep the state operating for six months.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders negotiated the agreement to ensure schools open this fall and government services continue when the new fiscal year begins Friday. The House approved it 105-4.

The stopgap budget includes money for universities, social services, prisons and other programs.

No school district loses money compared with the current year. Districts that serve more low-income students will split a $250 million grant, with Chicago Public Schools receiving about $100 million.

Lawmakers also allowed the Chicago Board of Education to raise property taxes $250 million to help pay billions in teacher pension debt.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bills later Thursday.