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Quinn signs legislation to fund education for 2014

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three bills to fund education in the state for the next fiscal year, and he used it as another opportunity to push pension reform.

Quinn's office announced the bill signing Thursday in a statement that noted "current funding for education is only at 89 percent of what's required by law."

The Chicago Democrat signed legislation Thursday that authorizes spending of $8.68 billion for education. The money goes for early childhood education, public schools, community colleges, public universities and scholarships for students in need.

The governor has set a July 9 deadline for state lawmakers to act on comprehensive pension reform.