Gov. Rauner praises Belleville East High School

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner continued his call or lawmakers to work with him to pass a state budget. Rauner toured Belleville East High School Thursday morning.

The Governor praised students, administrators and teachers. He calls the school one of the best in Illinois, and in the country. But he says Illinois is dead last in the country in state support for education.

Rauner used his Belleville stop to call on Democratic leaders in the state house come to the table to make compromises to get a budget deal done.

"We bring in $33-million dollars into our state government. We can fund our schools. We just have to make them a priority and stop sending the money to other stuff. schools should be where the money goes." said Gov. Rauner.

Rauner says education funding is the most important issue. He wants to fund education to 100-percent of the foundation level.