$1.4 Billion for Schools En Route to Illinois This Week

Money is first portion of $3 billion

Illinois schools will get $1.4 billion this week, the first chunk of approximately $3 billion in federal stimulus money coming to the state's public schools, officials said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the money was approved Monday and should be available by week's end.

Illinois is among the first three states getting the funds designated for saving teaching jobs and education reform, Duncan said.  California and South Dakota were also approved.

The $1.4 billion is part of the $3 billion total in stimulus money Illinois will get over the next several years. The funds are to be used for programs and backlogged bills.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn said the money ensures there won't be budget cuts for schools.

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