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School Boards across the submitted budgets in the month of September.

Like most school districts right now, the Blue Ridge School district is dealing with a deficit right now. Superintendent of Blue Ridge Schools, Susan Wilson says the district will be dealing with a lot of deficit spending in their general education funds and their transport fund.

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Governor Pat Quinn recently cut transportation funding for districts. According to Wilson, Blue Ridge right now is well over 100-thousand dollars under budget. She says estimates they can continue without payments for this school year, but if the funding doesn't get restored, they may have to turn to money that is intended to go to the classrooms.

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Illinois State Representative Chapin Rose feels confident legislators will be able to restore the transportation funding in the fall veto session. He adds the Governor is clearly targeting downstate Illinois with some of his veto of the transportation funding.

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Legislators will reconvene for the fall veto session at the end of October. Governor Quinn also vetoed the payment of Illinois' Regional Superintendents. Rose is confident that funding can be restored as well.

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