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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.

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