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Rauner proposes lifting cap on charter schools

Aside from his successful career in the business world, Governor Bruce Rauner's other pre-election claim to fame was his work in the education community. Rauner ran for office on a promise to increase funding to classrooms, and rethink how money is funneled from the state down to schools.

Senator Jason Barrickman, a Republican from Bloomington, says he heard positive suggestions from Rauner in his State of the State address today.

"The governor's about structural reforms to all levels of government. And within the education community, I think we've laid out the case for a structural reform to how we fund our public schools."

Rauner also proposed lifting the cap on charter schools in the state. Though Illinois is nowhere near the 120 limit on these types of schools, the proposal could set up a fight between charter advocates and those who say charters drain already-strained public schools of state funding.

Hannah covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois and Illinois Public Radio. She previously covered the statehouse for The Daily Line and Law360, and also worked a temporary stint at the political blog Capitol Fax in 2018.