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South suburban legislators take education reform effort on the road

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 newly formed south suburban caucus is taking its education funding reform show on the road.

State Sen. Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete, led the debut rally Monday evening at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights.

The group is backing a bill that would raise state income taxes from 3 percent to 4 percent and the corporate income taxes from 4.8 percent to 6.4 percent.

Two-thirds of the money generated from the increase would be spent on property tax relief, with the remaining one-third spent on increasing state aid to poorer schools.

The bill also includes a renter's tax credit and incentives for school districts to merge.

About 80 people, including educators, politicians and business leaders attended Monday's rally that was sponsored by Network 21, a coalition of education, business, labor and civic organizations that share a common interest in reforming Illinois' school finance system to improve education.

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