Comparing Property Tax Relief Mandated in the 1973 State Aid to Ed Law with How This Year’s Law Addressed Real Estate Taxes

In 1973, my first year in the Illinois House of Representatives, State Rep. Gene Hoffman, a high school teachers from DuPage County, passed the Resource Equalizer State Aid to Education law. It included property tax relief. It had some exceptions, … Continue reading

From Property Tax Freeze to Need to Get 10% of Registered Voters to Sign a Petition for a Tax Cut Referendum in High Tax School Districts

When Governor Bruce Rauner ran for office, he promoted a permanent real estate tax freeze. He said he would not sign a tax high bill unless it included a four-year property tax freeze. When the Democrats 32% income tax hike … Continue reading

State Aid To Education Bill Signing Statements

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner signs historic education funding reform bill Compromise legislation includes equitable funding for districts, more school choice for families CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2017) – Flanked by school children and legislative leaders, Gov. … Continue reading

McConnauhay Says New State Aid to Education Law Provides No Property Tax Relief, Roll Call

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:: Sen. McConnaughay: School-funding plan does not address local needs SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) says she could not support school funding reform legislation approved by the Senate Aug. 29, … Continue reading

Rauner Comments on House Passage of State Aid to Education Bill, Roll Call

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner’s statement after House vote Rauner issued the following statement after the House vote: “Today, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted to bring historic education reform to Illinois children and their families. “I want … Continue reading

Skillicorn Points to Chicago Subsidy in State Aid to Education Bill

From State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: I’m hearing a lot special interests spread misinformation about the so-called ‘Evidenced Based’ Education bill SB1. Groups like FundingILFuture.org keep saying SB1 doesn’t bail out Chicago pensions, but that isn’t true. Posting these specific portions … Continue reading

District 26 School Board President Offers Information on Rauner’s State Aid to Education Bill Alterations

Here are comments from Cary School Board President Scott Coffey on Governor Bruce Rauner’s State Aid to Education changes: I do have some very high level take-aways from the Amendatory Veto by Rauner. In general, I’d conclude that Rauner’s adjustments … Continue reading

Elgin State Senate Democrat Comments on State Aid to Education Veto Override

A press release from Senator Christina Castro: Castro votes to restore predictability and stability to local schools SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) today voted to support community schools. “Today we passed monumental school funding reform that will allow all … Continue reading

McConnaughay Weighs In on State Aid to Education Amendatory Veto

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: Sen. McConnaughay Statement on Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto on School Funding Legislation SPRINGFIELD – Saying all Illinois schools need fiscal stability and certainty, State Senator Karen McConnaughay urged her Senate colleagues to … Continue reading