Quinn to push for early education funding

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to push for more early childhood education funding in his annual State of the State Address.

 

The governor's office says Quinn will call for a more "comprehensive approach" to education in Illinois during his speech on Wednesday. That includes increasing access to prenatal care.

 

The information was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

The Illinois State Board of Education is asking lawmakers for a $25 million increase in early childhood education next year. But funding could be scarce. That's because a scheduled rollback of the state's temporary income tax may mean cuts for schools and social services.

 

The speech comes as Quinn faces re-election.

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