CHICAGO -- The federal government has sided with the Chicago Board of Education in a court battle to maintain the suspension of an Illinois law that requires the school system to have a balanced budget to operate.

The school system is being kept open by a temporary restraining order issued on Oct. 15 by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kocoras that suspends the state's balanced budget requirement until Monday. The board faces a $298 million deficit in its $2.8 billion budget for fiscal 1994, which began Sept. 1.

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