It wasn't the amount he wanted in his budget plan, but Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a bill appropriating money to education.
Rauner proposed increasing K-12 education funding by $312 million, and adding $32 million to early childhood education spending, in his budget plan presented just after he took office, according to a statement from his office.
The governor signed House Bill 3762 on Wednesday, June 24, 2015; it increases K-12 education spending by $244 million and adds $25 million to early childhood education funding.
"Education is the most important thing we do as a community. I would have done more for our schoolchildren, but I am taking action today to ensure our teachers are paid and our schools are open and funded," Rauner said.
The bill "Adds supplemental appropriations to various agencies for personal services and State contributions to Social Security," according to the state's legislative information website. A Senate amendment made specific allocations to the Illinois Department of Education and to certain retirement systems.
HB 3763 was enacted immediately after it was signed.