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Eastern IL School District Mulls Sports Sponsorships
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- School leaders in Charleston are talking about searching for corporate sponsors to help keep public school sports alive as funding grows tight.

School board members in the eastern Illinois town are expected to talk about the subject at a meeting next week.

Most immediately, the school district is looking for a corporate sponsor to keep its annual high school girls basketball tournament afloat.

But more long-term, officials say, is the concern that the state government's financial crisis will force them look for outside money for all sports.

Illinois is facing a $13 billion state budget deficit. Gov. Pat Quinn last week signed a new state budget that cuts $241 million from public school spending.

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