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Illinois school leaders want balanced state budget

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 120 school superintendents from districts around Illinois are urging the state Legislature to make a decision on an extension of the income tax increase so they can adopt stable budgets of their own.

The Illinois Association of School Administrators' sent a letter Thursday to lawmakers and Gov. Pat Quinn.

It calls on lawmakers "not to adjourn with a budget that does not include revenues to pay for it." Superintendents say the move would force them to make plans with "crippling uncertainty."

The tax rate is scheduled to drop from 5 percent to 3.75 percent for individuals in January, reducing state revenue next year by about $1.8 billion.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic leaders support an extension of the income tax increase but are developing contingency plans.

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