Tag Archives: Education Funding

Senator Manar Puts Lipstick on a Pig

In today’s Crain’s Chicago Business, Senator Andy Manar wrote an article about Senate Bill 1, a bill creating a new formula for funding education based upon what is called the “evidence-based model”. Simply stated EBM is a 27-step formula that … Continue reading

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Frustrated? Call (217) 782-5350. Ask for Mike.

We have 19 days until the end of the legislative session, and how have we spent the month of May so far? We didn’t meet at all during the first week, and this past week was spent passing resolutions and … Continue reading

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Putting the Brakes on Unfunded Mandates

The biggest issue in the past election was the out-of-control property taxes that are driving businesses and residents out of McHenry County and out of Illinois. I ran on a promise that I’d do my best to bring down that … Continue reading

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The Governor’s SOTS Speech, What He Said and What He Didn’t Say

Every “State of” speech I’ve ever heard follows the same script: A recitation of accomplishments achieved since the previous speech; A shopping list of proposals to be addressed before the next one; and A reminder that those who stand in … Continue reading

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Choosing Among Bad Options to Fix Our Pension Mess

So now we know that next year the State of Illinois will have to shell out 24% of its state budget just to pay pensions, and we strongly suspect that we’re having smoke blown at us if we believe the … Continue reading

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Education Part IV: Poverty Grant and PTELL Subsidy, Why Do They Matter?

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 Until the turn of this century, the Foundation Level Grant was the primary component of state education support, and was … Continue reading

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Education Part III: PTELL Giveth and PTELL Taketh Away

“The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” Constitution of Illinois, Article X, Section 1 THE GIVETH PART: The Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) is designed to limit the increases in property tax extensions … Continue reading

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