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Claim of ‘record investment’ in schools is hollow
Mary Ellen Guest is campaign manager for A+ Illinois, which is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals across the state working to improve the funding and quality of Illinois schools.
Band-Aid budget no cure for schools
Mary Ellen Guest is campaign manager for A+ Illinois, which is a coalition of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals across the state working to improve the funding and quality of Illinois schools.
IT'S TIME TO GAMBLE ON A CHICAGO CASINO
In lieu of tax reform that may never come, downtown gambling will finance important state needs
House passes budget
The Illinois House of Representatives approved a tentative $27.8 billion budget Thursday, potentially marking the beginning of the end of a record-setting 10-week overtime session. But the final chapters have yet to be written by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Senate, which made changes to…
Stunt highlights Illinois school funding impasse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A group lobbying for more education funding conducted an unusually pricey "bake sale" in the state Capitol on Thursday, advertising $2 billion for a cookie and $500 million for a cupcake. The event was meant to dramatize what the group says is the state's severe…
Gov's security guard to kids with baked goods: tough cookies
SPRINGFIELD -- They didn't have clout, but they had baked goods. A group of students wanting more money for their schools learned Thursday that getting into Gov. Blagojevich's office is no easy task when all they have to offer is cookies and doughnuts. Seven students from Chicago and the…
Gov's security guard to kids with baked goods: tough cookies
SPRINGFIELD -- They didn't have clout, but they had baked goods. A group of students wanting more money for their schools learned Thursday that getting into Gov. Blagojevich's office is no easy task when all they have to offer is cookies and doughnuts. Seven students from Chicago and the…
Stunt highlights Illinois school funding impasse
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A group lobbying for more education funding conducted an unusually pricey "bake sale" in the state Capitol on Thursday, advertising $2 billion for a cookie and $500 million for a cupcake. The event was meant to dramatize what the group says is the state's severe…
School funding reform? Wait 'til next year?
For decades, advocates have protested that Illinois schools rely too heavily on property taxes, putting too much burden on homeowners and creating wide discrepancies between rich and poor districts. Bill after bill proposing changes to the state's funding formula have been introduced in the…
Advanced U46 classes scrutinized
Favor the wealthy?: Critic says school funding in Illinois helps the poor less

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