Just over two weeks ago, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters that he
wasn't optimistic that Congress would extend further aid to school districts facing devastating budget cuts next
year (as they did under the stimulus package). While the odds are still long, the Obama administration is
doubling down on its support for such a plan, sending a letter last
night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D-NV) asking them to move Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) $23 billion aid package.
In FY 2010, Illinois nabbed $1.02 billion in education-related stimulus spending, just short of Quinn's proposed FY 2011 cuts to the school system. It's unclear at this moment how much Illinois would stand to gain if Harkin's package made it through.