Although the specter of a tough financial future is nothing new in Illinois, a budget document surfaced Friday showing next year’s state spending plan will feature another round of drastic cuts to services.

It shows a reduction of nearly $1 billion for public schools at a time when state school officials say they actually need $1 billion more next year.

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