News

Illinois School Funding Bill Inches Forward

Illinois School Funding Bill Inches Forward

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Legislation that would dramatically change the way schools are funded in Illinois for the first time since 1997 is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

State Sen. Andy Manar’s bill would streamline the state’s school funding formula by requiring districts to demonstrate need before receiving money. The current method factors in a district’s poverty for some types of state aid but not others.

A subcommittee in the state Senate passed the measure Tuesday.The legislation faces another vote by a Senate committee before it heads to the full chamber.

Recent Headlines

10 hours ago in Local

Another Day, Another Leaders’ Meeting

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his inauguration address Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Ill., after being sworn in as Illinois' 42nd governor.

The four legislative leaders are now meeting daily with Gov. Bruce Rauner in his office.

11 hours ago in Local

House Re-Votes on Budget; Passes Again

Under the Capitol Dome

The mood was a little more tempered, but the votes remained the same.

14 hours ago in Local

U of I Goes Inside for “Branding”

illinois logo

A public relations firm hired to develop a branding plan for the University of Illinois' flagship campus has been replaced by a school committee.

14 hours ago in Local

CPS Chief Leads Capitol Rally

Chicago Public Schools

The head of Chicago Public Schools says the district has "reached the point of no return" and faces severe cuts without "equal" funding from the state.

14 hours ago in Local

Rauner Not Paying Much Attention to Wednesday’s Budget Vote

10-16-15 Rauner Langfelder 10th St Corridor

Outwardly, Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be taking the state's most important matters in stride, a day after the Speaker of the House dissed his “working groups” and then engineered a budget vote controversial in many ways.