FACT CHECK: Quinn, Rauner school counting differs - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

FACT CHECK: Quinn, Rauner school counting differs

Gov. Pat Quinn (Source: MGN) Gov. Pat Quinn (Source: MGN)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Whether spending on public education in Illinois has increased or decreased under Democrat Pat Quinn has become a flashpoint in the heated race for governor.

It's a $1 billion disagreement.

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) alleges that incumbent Quinn decreased school aid nearly $600 million since taking office in 2009. Quinn says he's increased it by more than $400 million.

An Associated Press fact-check shows state aid to schools in 2009 was $7.4 billion. This year it's $6.8 billion. That's a decrease.

But Quinn points out the 2009 total was bolstered by $1 billion in federal stimulus assistance. He says he had no control over when that ended and shouldn't be penalized for it. Rauner counters there is still less money today than six years ago.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Heartland NewsNewsMore>>

  • breaking

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-07-20 03:41:12 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

  • Research at SIUC aims to protect K-9s

    Research at SIUC aims to protect K-9s

    Thursday, July 19 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-07-20 02:29:33 GMT
    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)
    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)

    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe?

    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe?

  • Governor Parson keynote speaker at Cape Girardeau Farm Banquet

    Governor Parson keynote speaker at Cape Girardeau Farm Banquet

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:34:41 GMT
    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. (Source: Mike Parson Facebook)Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. (Source: Mike Parson Facebook)

    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly