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Trying to Help Illinois Finances

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On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was talking about money. 

Money, and how it fits into his future plans for the state.

He laid out his plans for the future financial stability of a state that has struggled in that department for years.

SOme of the major points Quinn made was to make a temporary tax hike from 2010, permanent.

This will keep over $1.5B of funding in place. 

Quinn also addressed education, wanting to fund it, instead of take from it. 

He announced his plans to put $6B into classrooms over the next 5 years, going to fund technology and hiring more teachers, something he says is vital.

"We're moving to modernize classrooms across the state," Quinn said during his press conference today. "Every classroom in Illinois should be a classroom of the future. The great equalizer in our democracy is public education. All students, no matter where they live, deserve to go to a first rate school." 

Wednesday, the Illinois Governor didn't give many specifics on how he plans to fund his education plan. 

Part of his plans calls for offering all homeowners a $500 property tax refund every year, because the state's property taxes are some of the highest in the country. 

But some in the QCA say they will believe the changes when they see them. 

"I think it's a bunch of bologna, smoke and mirrors," says Jeff Johnston. "The state of Illinois is the worst in the nation."

Nancy Muchalski added, "I'm sorry but I have a hard time believing that would happen. Because of the condition the state is in financially, because past promises, not kept by politicians.. Him (Quinn) being one of them."



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