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Will schools in Illinois get education money lawmakers promised?

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A Metro East school superintendent wonders if his district will get what Illinois lawmakers promised in June.             

Illinois political leaders cut a deal on a temporary fix in late June, to keep state government afloat for six months and to ensure K-12 schools opened this academic year.   

Read: Illinois lawmakers, governor OK stopgap spending deal         

 Art Ryan, Cahokia schools superintendent,  said things are OK for now, but there’s still a sense of uncertainty.

Cahokia was one of several Metro East school districts that was in dire financial strains because of the budget battle.             

In May, Ryan told News 4 his district only had enough money to stay open for the summer and worried if school doors would open at the start of the 2016 academic school year.

Schools in Cahokia did open because of the short-term fix passed in Springfield.

“If they don't come up with a budget, will the financing that has been promised for the rest of the year actually happen? It's not beyond the realm of possibility for the state to come back and say you know we're not going to be able to give you everything we promised you,” said Ryan.

Ryan said the partial spending plan that passed over the summer, mean elections in November could influence budget discussions. January is when a new legislative session begins and money starts to run out.

The budget stalemate gripped the state for more than a year. Some said what passed in late June was a Band-Aid over a bigger financial wound. 

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