House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) argued before passage of the state's education funding reform bill on Aug. 28 that it was what Illinois and its schoolchildren needed to move forward.
A new public school funding bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature, SB1947, includes a scholarship program that would award donated funds to students in lower-income families — up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level — to provide them the opportunity to attend private schools.
Some Illinois residents are paying property tax bills based on outdated and overpriced assessments, leading to an unfair burden to pay for the schools in their districts, according to a recent release from Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), a contender in next year’s governor race, said he unequivocally supported the Senate’s override of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of the state's K-12 funding measure, according to Capitol Fax.
Sen. Tom Rooney (R-Rolling Meadows) is asking the House to not make the same mistake the Senate did and instead vote against overriding Sen. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of the state's school funding bill.
North Cook County's 46 school districts will receive an extra $1.05 million this year if the Illinois House accepts Gov. Bruce Rauner's version of a school funding bill, according to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education.