The Illinois Education Association released the following statement in reaction to Gov. Rauner’s announcement that he had signed PreK-12 education appropriations legislation passed by the General Assembly:

With today’s signing of the education budget bills passed by the General Assembly, Gov. Rauner has removed the cloud of uncertainty that had been hanging over public schools statewide.

We hope that all parties will now concentrate on the goal of quickly resolving the rest of the state budget in a way that can avoid any shutdown of state facilities and any interruption in the delivery of state services. We believe that revenue should be part of the budget discussion.