Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker plows $100 million more into early ed — but no universal preschool this year

chalkbeat.org - 02-20

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In the past decade, as other states have ramped up their spending on early education, budget-strapped Illinois has fallen further behind. In his first budget proposal as governor on Wednesday, J.B. Pritzker, a philanthropist who has contributed millions to early childhood causes at home and nationally, laid out a plan to reverse that Illinois trend with a historic $100 million bump for preschool and other early learning programs.