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10,000 Marchers tell Springfield: The time is NOW!

Students, parents, teachers and seniors demand action from state leaders

On May 2, over 10,000 education supporters descended on Springfield to demand school funding reform this year. With signs reading, “The Time is Now!” and “Invest in Excellence,” the marchers sent a clear message that lawmakers need to make fixing Illinois’ school funding and fiscal crises their top priority.

Students, teachers, parents and seniors marched from the Springfield Convention Center to the steps of Illinois state capitol. At the foot of the Abraham Lincoln statue, the marchers heard from education and community leaders about the need for immediate action.

After the rally, many participants headed into the capitol building to ask their own senators and representatives what they would do this year for school funding reform. "The 2007 legislative session presents an historic opportunity for our state leaders to finally fix Illinois' school funding and fiscal crises," said Mary Ellen Guest, A+ Illinois campaign manager. "Illinois schools and families have waited long enough -- the time for reform is now!"

To see more photos from the May 1, 2007 rally, visit the A+ Illinois Web site.

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