SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted today to pass a balanced budget that would end the budget impasse. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:
“Far too many people have been suffering for far too long because of this impasse. This balanced budget will help end the chaos that has been plaguing our state and bring the stability that we so desperately need. It is time for us to start putting Illinois back together.
“We must also continue working on reforms that will make Illinois more competitive. I remain committed to working with my colleagues across the aisle to pass reforms that will move our state in a positive direction.”
SPRINGFIELD – High-poverty suburban school districts, shortchanged for decades under Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation education funding formula, could see a significant influx of funding to level the playing field with wealthier suburban districts under a landmark school funding reform measure that recently passed in both houses of the legislature.
“I eagerly joined my colleagues in support of a plan that fixes the inequitable way we fund public schools in. It also makes sure no schools see any loss of funding and offers property task relief to struggling homeowners. There is no reason Governor Rauner should not sign this legislation as soon as it gets to his desk,” Illinois said State Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey).
Senate Bill 1 has strong support from thousands of school administrators, superintendents, principals, educators, taxpayers and advocates for fair school funding. Illinois’ school funding formula has not been updated in more than 20 years and is considered one of the worst...