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Governor Criticizes School Deal A Day After Issuing Praise

A day after praising a tentative deal in Illinois' school funding fight, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gave it mixed reviews.

Bipartisan legislative leaders said they've outlined an agreement to fund schools, but details are being worked out. The deal is necessary because the budget lawmakers approved last month requires a new formula for schools to get money.

On Thursday, Rauner applauded leaders' efforts on "historic" funding reform. But on Friday, the Republican governor said there's still too much money for Chicago and he'll try to fix problems with "subsequent legislation."

He said he likes other parts of the deal, including a more equitable way to dispense money and a proposed program to provide tax credits for those who donate to private school scholarships.

Rauner spoke Friday at a Marion Chamber of Commerce event.

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