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    State school funding barely makes grade
    1/6/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    A grade of C- is nothing to brag about, but Illinois no longer is failing when it comes to funding education, according to a new study.
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    Dist. 26 has 12 weeks to make case for tax hike
    1/6/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The clock started ticking immediately after the vote was taken.
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    River Trails set to ask voters for tax increase
    1/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    River Trails Elementary District 26 will be among the school districts in Illinois asking taxpayers for more cash in April.
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    Dist. 62 details spring tax-increase request
    1/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    If you feel like you've read these details before, you have.
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    School district, community sizing up deficit
    1/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Staring a multimillion-dollar education fund deficit in the face, McHenry Elementary District 15 school officials gathered for the first time this week with a newly created community group to discuss finances.
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    $130.5 million proposal
    1/5/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Parents on Indian Prairie Unit District 204's referendum committee decided Tuesday they want to bring a $130.5 million proposal to a public hearing Jan. 18.
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    Blunt hears ideas on school funding
    1/5/2005 -
    Associated Press
    (JEFFERSON CITY, MO) Soliciting ways to improve Missouri's school funding system, Gov.-elect Matt Blunt on Tuesday heard suggestions ranging from $1 billion in new funding to an overhaul that would make schools less dependent upon property taxes.
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    Letter to the Editor: Funding disparities endanger state schools
    1/5/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Only federal intervention like that of the civil rights era will alter Illinois' despicable record on funding disparities among public schools.
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    District 15 weighs financial future
    1/4/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    About 40 people discussed District 15's finances Monday, in the first of a two-part financial summit.
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    Letter to the Editor: Prisons: Pay now, save later
    1/4/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    ''Scrapped prisons cost state $12 mil.'' [Dec. 20], the headline read.
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    Letter to the Editor: State must increase funding for schools
    1/3/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Thank you for your recent story on the Blagojevich administration's lack of progress in updating per-pupil funding levels to provide Illinois students with a quality education.
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    Crucial decisions await Dist. 26
    1/3/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    While 2004 proved tumultuous for Cary Elementary District 26, 2005 doesn't hint at being any calmer.
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    Despite risks, school must list cuts
    1/2/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    School boards know plenty about Catch-22s.
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    Opinion: Objective information missing in school funding decisions
    1/1/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    One of the cornerstones of American democracy is having informed, public debates on important issues.
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    Principals eye 'concepts' of school funding change
    12/30/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    The Illinois Principals Association could be another group pushing the state to devise a better way to adequately fund education.
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    Editorial: User fees defeat point of public schools
    12/29/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Users fees have become a popular tool for governments to raise money from people who use their services.
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    Village eyes impact fees
    12/28/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Homer Glen may impose a new impact fee on developers to help pay for future schools.
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    Letter to the Editor: The mayor's arrogance
    12/27/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Niccolo Machiavelli, the quintessential politician from centuries ago and author of "The Prince," would've been blushing if he heard our Mayor Richard Daley's warning to the city council, even as his vulgar $5.1 billion budget was passed by these 50 apparatchiks of "da boss" with nary a problem.
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    Bond sale helps Edwardsville schools
    12/26/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    After a successful bond sale of $5.2 million, the Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 will complete a number of needed school improvements.
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    Dist. 26 faces decision day on tax hike
    12/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The River Trails Elementary District 26 school board won't have much time to relax after the holidays.
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    District's future hinges on tax hike
    12/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A consultant says the financial outlook for Grayslake Elementary District 46 is "really ugly," and the best way to make any tax increase last longer is to hold off on restoring staff positions.
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    Letter to the Editor: Fund education
    12/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    I'm pleased that Gov. Blagojevich is taking such a strong interest in the welfare of Illinois' children ("Governor targeting violent video games," Page 1, Dec. 16).
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    School board neutral on TIF
    12/21/2004 -

    State Journal Register
    The Springfield School Board Monday voted to neither support nor oppose a proposed tax increment financing district on the city's northwest side.
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    Editorial: City, D-200 closer on fees
    12/21/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    No taxpayer complaint is louder than the impact residential subdivisions have on property taxes.
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    O'Fallon group has proposal for school
    12/21/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The community group charged with looking into the high school's overpopulation has drafted a proposal to finance a second high school with a $52.3 million bond referendum that would be placed on the April ballot.
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    Letter to the Editor: Walking away isn't right move for U-46
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I know I shouldn't be surprised, but I can't believe the Elgin Area School District U-46 school board has simply walked away from the negotiating table with FOCUS.
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    Developers must pay higher fees to Dist. 302
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Elburn's Blackberry Creek builders will be required to pay increased impact fees to Kaneland School District 302 to help pay for expenses created by a growing district.
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    Dist. 203 schools' improvement plans reviewed
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Some Naperville Unit District 203 schools hope to increase student performance on an area in state testing that emphasizes the reasoning behind problem solving.
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    Dist. 204 picks site for new school
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The southwest corner of Route 59 and 75th Street will be the site of a third Indian Prairie high school - if voters approve a referendum bond request that likely will be on the April ballot.
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    Dist. 62 to float tax hike again
    12/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 officials voted unanimously to ask taxpayers for more money in April even though a similar request was turned down last month.
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    DuQuoin School District officials approve tax levy increase
    12/20/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    It was a decision not made in haste but from necessity.
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    Fox River Grove Higher values to lift D-3 finances
    12/20/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Increased property values are expected to help bolster School District 3 finances next year.
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    D-36 hopes 3rd time a charm
    12/20/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Harrison School District 36 officials once again will ask voters to approve a 58-cent tax-rate increase.
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    Impact fees now attractive option as source of funding for school districts
    12/20/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    While several area school districts continue to mull the idea of implementing impact fees, or new home buyer fees, Edwardsville School District 7 is ready to start collecting them.
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    School district spending gap widest in years
    12/20/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Taxpayers spent $20,173 per pupil last year to educate children in a tiny Lake Forest district, while 70 miles to the south, a Will County district paid out just $4,829 per pupil.
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    District to seek tax increase
    12/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Oswego school officials say a proposed property tax increase would allow the district to maintain current programs and erase a deficit that could reach $5 million by 2006.
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    Well-heeled retailer not above asking for tax breaks
    12/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    When wooing a Wal-Mart, community leaders know money talks.
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    Debate over school funding school construction unresolved
    12/18/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich and some state legislators remain divided on how to fund the stalled Illinois school construction program.
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    Palatine schools warn tax rate hike needed to prevent cuts
    12/18/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The District 211 school board has decided to ask the community for a tax increase in the April election.
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    School Board approves tax hike
    12/17/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School Board has approved a tax levy that will produce an 11 percent increase in property taxes. But the board may not stop there in seeking more revenue.
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    District 211 will ask voters for tax increase
    12/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 will ask residents for more money in the upcoming election.
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    Dist. 158 works to mend fences
    12/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The battle over a 55-cent tax rate increase may be over in Huntley Unit District 158, but that doesn't seem to have erased the apparent ill feelings between district officials and some members of the community.
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    Glenbard likely to float smaller tax increase
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters can expect to see a scaled-back version of this fall's request for more property taxes in Glenbard High School District 87.
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    Lake Villa schools explore cuts
    12/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Lake Villa parents who are big fans of Palombi's band program or think Thompson could do without those art classes may want to speak up.
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    District to seek tax increase
    12/16/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Oswego school officials say a proposed property tax increase would allow the district to maintain current programs and erase a deficit that could reach $5 million by 2006.
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    Letter to the Editor: Renaissance 2010 is a partnership
    12/16/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Sun-Times article titled, "Leaders donating $50 million want accountability from schools,'' [Nov. 30] creates the wrong impression of the role Chicago's business community seeks to play in the ongoing school reform effort.
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    Cost of Little Village High School up to $63 million
    12/16/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The most expensive public high school ever built in Chicago just got more expensive.
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    Crunch time: Trico School Board prepares to make drastic cuts
    12/15/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    When voters in the Trico school district voted against raising property taxes to support the financially ailing district officials said something would have to give.
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    Geneva schools debate budget cuts or tax hike
    12/15/2004 -

    Kane County Chronicle
    School officials have until Jan. 10 to ponder the imponderable: cut programs by $400,000 or ask voters for a 20-cent tax increase.
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    Tough issues face Dist. 204 candidates
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Just about everyone in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 knows there will be a referendum question on the April 5 ballot to ask voters to approve funding for a new high school.
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    Batavia asks to raise school tax rate
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    After hearing no comments during a public hearing Tuesday, Batavia school officials agreed to request that the county extend more money in the 2004 tax levy.
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    School may allow scoreboard ads
    12/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Fans at Mundelein High School sporting events might one day follow a game's action on scoreboards emblazoned with the logos of corporate sponsors.
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    School board OKs $44 million levy
    12/15/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Orland Elementary School District 135 Board of Education on Monday night approved a nearly $44 million levy which includes almost $33 million for the district's education fund.
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    Repairs may force School Board to refinance
    12/14/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School Board may explore the possibility of another bond refinancing as a way to pay for millions of dollars worth of needed building repairs.
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    Harlem to make 6th pitch for tax referendum
    12/14/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    After five consecutive losses at the polls, Harlem School District will make a sixth pitch to voters for a property tax hike on the Feb. 22 primary ballot.
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    Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the voters
    12/14/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    A letter to the residents of Marion Unit 2 School District.
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    D-50 OKs 7th try at referendum
    12/14/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 50 voters in April will be asked for a seventh time to approve a referendum to help prevent several cuts in the financially strapped school district.
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    District 158 will borrow $13 million
    12/14/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 158 officials will borrow about $13 million this month to pay for salaries and operations.
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    District using caution in wait for state funds
    12/14/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Prairie Central Superintendent John Capasso remains optimistic that his school district and seven others that also underwent merger this year will get the consolidation incentive money promised by the state.
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    Glen Ellyn district won't ask for tax hike on new school - for now
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Taxpayers will have one less tax hike to consider when voting this spring.
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    Geneva schools dream of taxes, plan for cuts
    12/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    With only six weeks left to decide on whether to run an education tax rate referendum this spring, Geneva school officials began outlining where the district could use additional funds.
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    Ritenour wants to add funds without a new tax
    12/13/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The Ritenour School Board will put on the April 5 ballot two propositions to make improvements to buildings and educational programs without a tax increase.
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    Officials to tackle referendum issues
    12/13/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Today, District 50 officials will discuss ways to get voters to say yes the next time a referendum is conducted for Harvard schools.
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    Amnesty club won't get funds from Antioch High
    12/13/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    "Diversity beans" and letter-writing campaigns may raise awareness, but they don't raise a whole lot of cash.
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    Parents group wracks brains over Dist. 204 tax requests
    12/13/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Here's a riddle: What do roofs and computers have in common?
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    School Dist. 106 proposes 5 percent levy increase
    12/13/2004
    The La Grange Highlands School District 106 Board next week is expected to vote on the district's proposed tax levy.
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    Gala raises $40,000 for programs
    12/13/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    About 200 supporters gathered Nov. 14 for a Gala Luncheon Fund-raiser at the Marriott Ballroom in Oakbrook, to pay tribute to Alternatives In Education for the Hearing Impaired and its unique school, A. G. Bell Montessori of Mount Prospect.
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    Catholic school rebirth
    12/13/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Catholic laymen are launching a handful of schools, financed independently of the Archdiocese of Chicago, providing a model that could help slow or even reverse decades of Catholic school closings.
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    Editorial: Spell out costs, benefits to taxpayers
    12/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters have turned down Grayslake Elementary District 46 on three tax-rate requests in relatively short order, but district officials will try again in April for a boost in the education fund tax rate.
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    Dist. 21 doesn't expect many students to switch schools
    12/11/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Wheeling Township Elementary School District 21 doesn't expect to see a lot of transfers now that Title I schools in the district have been mandated to offer that option by the No Child Left Behind Act.
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    Oak Lawn school district's woes drive auto proposal
    12/11/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Times are tight for local schools -- so tight that district officials in Oak Lawn are discussing whether to use cars covered in advertisements to help support the driver's education program.
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    Letter to the Editor: Kids shortchanged by state
    12/10/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Thank you for your recent story on the Blagojevich administration's lack of progress in updating per-pupil funding levels to provide Illinois students with a quality education.
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    Dist. 59 raises more than $12,000 at benefit
    12/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Elk Grove Township School District 59 Education Foundation will disburse more than $12,000 to help teachers and support staff.
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    Harvey kids, staff give new school top marks
    12/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Lela Bridges, superintendent of Harvey School District 152, wants her pupils to know that just because they live in a struggling community doesn't mean they should be denied quality schools.
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    Duncan may sue U.S. over tutoring
    12/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan threatened Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Education, after the agency barred him from using federal funds to run a tutoring program for 40,000 struggling students.
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    Schools told to outsource tutoring
    12/9/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Tens of thousands of struggling students have been getting help this fall through a tutoring program run by Chicago Public Schools.
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    Voters to face tax question in February
    12/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A tax rate referendum for Palatine Township Elementary School District 15 will officially be on a Feb. 22 ballot instead of during elections in April.
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    District 26 leans against tax hike vote
    12/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The River Trails Elementary District 26 school board on Wednesday did not reach a definitive consensus about putting a referendum on the April ballot, but most board members seemed to be leaning against it.
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    Grant for PRAISE will help it continue its special education mission
    12/9/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Soon parents statewide will be able to benefit from the experience of Decatur's own PRAISE (Parents Raising Awareness in Special Education) group.
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    District 87 board reviews BJHS plans
    12/9/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The District 87 school board reviewed scenarios Wednesday for adding space at Bloomington Junior High School and heard what is being done to raise scores at Sheridan Elementary School.
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    Letter to the Editor: Some common-sense advice for District 87
    12/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Now that the Glenbard District 87 referendum request has been defeated and plans are evolving for a second vote, we must ask the school board to realistically define and ask for what is needed and delete what is not.
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    Schools seek funding answers
    12/8/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Illinois schools could receive adequate funding if they relied more on sales and income tax instead of property taxes, an Illinois tax accountability specialist said Tuesday evening at John A. Logan College.
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    Letter to the Editor: Fees to play school sports need to be justified
    12/8/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    I was shocked and disappointed when I read the article in the Dec. 6 Herald & Review about student athletes paying a fee to play their chosen sport.
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    Residents review plans for Batavia High growth
    12/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Batavia residents met with school officials and architects Tuesday to review two sets of plans for a possible Batavia High School expansion and give direction for a site plan.
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    Recount swings only five votes for Dist. 158 tax hike
    12/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The opponents of a 55-cent tax increase in Huntley School District 158 aren't throwing in the towel just yet.
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    Dist. 46 board wants programs back
    12/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members agree they want to turn back the clock to where programs were in the 2002-03 school year, but a vote hinges on the cost.
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    Residents hear case
    12/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 officials made their case for a proposed tax-increase referendum during a presentation Tuesday that drew mixed reviews from residents.
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    High school's cost put at $90 million
    12/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A new high school in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 probably would cost about $90 million, administrators told referendum committee members Tuesday.
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    States on Ropes in Finance Lawsuits
    12/8/2004 -

    Education Week
    After 15 years of litigation over whether states are adequately financing their K-12 schools, the momentum has tipped in favor of those who say they are not.
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    School fiscal woes drive ad proposal
    12/8/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Times are tight for local schools--so tight that district officials in Oak Lawn are discussing whether to use cars covered in advertisements to help support the driver's education program.
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    Education Funding Advisory Board
    12/7/2004

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    Schools look to future
    12/7/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    An increasing student population coupled with ongoing questions regarding funding sources have caused the Wright City R-2 School District to reevaluate its need for future facilities development.
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    Grayslake teachers say they're burned out
    12/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Teachers in Grayslake Elementary District 46 told the school board Monday there's no time to spend with students or parents, or in developing as a teacher.
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    250 pack gym to urge Dist. 62 tax increase
    12/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    They'd put on their coats to leave the comfort of home and walked in the rain to get there - sometimes for blocks, when the cars crowding the streets left no room to park.
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    Dist. 204: No Taj Mahal this time
    12/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When Neuqua Valley High School opened in 1997, some critics complained it was too elaborate.
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    River Trails board to discuss solutions for budget crunch
    12/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    River Trails Elementary District 26 school board members will try to reach a consensus Wednesday on whether to go for a long-term or short-term budget fix.
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    Letter to the Editor: Casinos won't solve school funding woes
    12/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It looks like our elected officials have run out of ideas, other than gambling casinos, to provide school funding.
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    Letter to the Editor: Spend on education, not arts center
    12/6/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    When Bill Cosby said, "They are buying things for their kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics," he could have been speaking of the Bremen School District 228 Board of Education and their new scheme to build a Fine Arts/Administration Center in the city of Country Club Hills.
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    Letter to the Editor: Businesses back public school reform
    12/6/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago's business community stands squarely behind Renaissance 2010, Mayor Richard Daley's bold call to create 100 new schools using non-traditional educational and management models.
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    Schools seek to cut ties with treasurer
    12/6/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Officials from two Oak Park-based school districts want to sever ties with the Cicero Township school treasurer's office, a little-known government entity that collects and invests the districts' funds.
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    Sangamon Valley assured state funding on way
    12/3/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Sangamon Valley School District residents should take heart - the state will provide the money it promised prior to the district being formed by a consolidation earlier this year, said state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth.
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    School funding group criticizes Blagojevich
    12/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Leaders of a statewide school funding reform group accused Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday of breaking a campaign promise to make education spending a priority - an accusation the governor's office called "definitely not the case."
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    Dist. 211 chief proposes tax hike
    12/3/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 believe a tax rate increase is necessary to pull the district out of its current financial pitfall.
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    Grants, study skills academy paying off for Dist. 203 students
    12/2/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Sierra Salas is proof that an after-school study program is working for Naperville Unit District 203 students.
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    School officials: Deficit looms even with tax increase
    12/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It was bad news on top of bad news at the Kaneland school board meeting last week.
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    Dist. 204 panel strikes 2 options
    12/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Building a comprehensive, 3,000-student third high school and converting a freshman campus into a middle school is the best way to handle overcrowding in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, the school system's referendum committee decided Tuesday.
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    New school funding ready to flow
    12/1/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    The public educational system in Chicago has a new financial friend. Various Chicago business and education leaders Tuesday announced the creation of New Schools for Chicago (NSC), a non-profit venture capital fund with a mission to raise $50 million for education initiatives in the city, including new schools—both public and charter hybrids—and performance-evaluation protocols.
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    Letter to the Editor: Did voters opt for more gambling?
    11/30/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Here are some conclusions that can be drawn about the recent election results. It is apparent from the results that, by and large, the voters are pleased with the people in office, as almost all were re-elected, many unopposed.
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    Letter to the Editor: Thanks to all who voted on tax hike
    11/30/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Huntley School District 158 Board of Education would like to thank everyone who exercised the right to vote in the last referendum.
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    Editorial: Better high-tech than high tax
    11/30/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A year ago, facing a $100 million deficit, Cook County Board President John Stroger proposed a 4 percent tax on leased items in the county and a quarter-percent hike in the county sales tax.
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    Public may speak up on school issues
    11/29/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The public will get a chance to ask questions and express opinions about the operation of Quincy's public schools at a "town meeting" scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Quincy High School cafeteria.
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    Grant to help students spread their wings
    11/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The DuPage Community Foundation is providing a grant to 15 area schools that will allow students to go where the wild things are.
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    Editorial: Schools face new snag in 'No Child' program
    11/29/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The federal No Child Left Behind law is intended to guarantee that every public school student in the United States receives a good education.
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    School districts in a pinch as they replace textbooks
    11/28/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    State budget cuts are resulting in fewer new textbooks in local schools.
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    D-155, D-47 grateful for new impact fees
    11/26/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Officials in Districts 47 and 155 said they are grateful for Prairie Grove's new school impact fees because they will help pay to educate any students that come from new homes on Terra Cotta Realty Co.'s land.
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    Editorial: Playing tricks on preschoolers
    11/26/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised during his campaign he would pour $90 million over three years to expand access to early childhood education for children up to age 5.
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    Options for accommodating growth in District 204 narrowed to three
    11/24/2004
    Indian Prairie School District 204's Citizens Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Still Middle School, at 787 Meadowridge Drive in Aurora.
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    Plainfield referendum discussed
    11/24/2004
    The Plainfield School District's monumental growth under tax-cap restrictions makes another try at a funding referendum a virtual certainty, a representative of the board's financial planning firm said at Monday's meeting.
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    Channahon grade district could see windfall
    11/24/2004
    The district that operates the four Channahon grade schools could be seeing an additional $470,000 in property tax dollars next year from the recent reassessment of the ExxonMobil Oil Refinery.
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    Edwardsville OKs bonds for school repairs
    11/23/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The Edwardsville school board approved Monday the issuance of $5.2 million in bonds for improvements to the district's aging buildings.
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    Dollars for three schools on ballot
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Voters in April will decide on a $49 million bond issue referendum to build three new schools and upgrade others, along with a ballot question to increase the district's education fund by 63 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation.
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    Dist. 300 won't give developer a break
    11/23/2004
    Community Unit School District 300's board of education decided not to give up potential tax revenue from a Hoffman Estates development Monday, citing ongoing concerns over setting a bad precedent with other local builders.
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    Letter to the Editor: Dist. 87 should give taxpayers a break
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In a recent letter to the editor, Randy Church mentioned that the School District 87 board wanted to demand a $20 million solution to solve a $5 million problem for the taxpayers.
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    Rockland students feast on history
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Special visitors surprised dozens of second-graders at Rockland School's annual Thanksgiving feast last week.
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    Geneva schools look at tax hike
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Geneva school board will explore an April 2005 tax increase referendum, though it has reduced the amount it needs to cut by $600,000.
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    Dist. 87 told less tax means more votes
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Numerous residents told Glenbard High School District 87 officials Monday night that if they want to pass a property tax hike, they need to tone down the request.
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    Dist. 220 to delay new school tax vote
    11/23/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Members of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board of education agreed Monday to await until the spring of 2006 before asking residents for money to build at least one new middle school.
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    Letter to the Editor: Standing up for charters
    11/23/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Illinois Network of Charter Schools commends Mayor Daley and Arne Duncan for working with us in partnership to get Renaissance 2010 off to a good start.
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    52 applicants seek to create public schools
    11/23/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A former all-boys Catholic school operator and some for-profit education companies were among 52 applicants who sought Monday to open new public schools under Mayor Daley's Renaissance 2010 initiative.
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    Letter to the Editor: Funding Illinois charter schools
    11/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The next bold step in transforming the lives of Chicago schoolchildren is now being taken, since the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, representatives of New Schools Chicago and Chicago Public Schools officials have worked together to resolve some complex budget issues.
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    Gavin Central given $5 million to rebuild
    11/20/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Santa Claus has come a little early for officials in Gavin Elementary District 37.
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    State makes cuts to Board of Education
    11/19/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Jobs and other expenses at the state Board of Education will be cut to save an estimated $2.6 million, part of which will be used to help newly consolidated districts.
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    District 214 wary of TIF extension
    11/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    School lists of financial nuisances typically include the tax cap, property tax refunds and lax state funding, for starters.
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    Teacher urges caution on Kaneland school cuts
    11/19/2004 -
    The Beacon News
    In her 20 years as a teacher, Linda Zulkowski has seen good times and bad.
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    Bonds to fund school project
    11/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Village Board approved an ordinance Tuesday authorizing $3.3 million in bonds to be used by Fox River Country Day School in Elgin for its expansion project.
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    Education Board shaving $2.7 million from its budget
    11/19/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Trying to squeeze out more money for schools, the Illinois State Board of Education is cutting out luxuries in Springfield, from an executive bathroom in the state superintendent's suite, to an in-house print shop at agency headquarters.
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    Difficult choices face Gallatin schools
    11/18/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    Members of the Gallatin County school board will face some tough choices this spring after a referendum on the Nov. 2 ballot that aimed to help bail out the financially struggling district "failed miserably."
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    Districts may still get money
    11/18/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Two newly merged school districts in Central Illinois may get the state assistance they were promised after all.
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    Troubled district considers dissolution
    11/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Determined to try again in April to pass a tax rate increase after five failed attempts, Grass Lake school board members acknowledge it may be too little, too late.
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    Dist. 96 could see another deficit year
    11/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Officials from Buffalo Grove-Long Grove Elementary District 96 are hoping to extend the district's 2004 tax levy to the tune of $33 million, starting next month.
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    District 204 board surprised by focus on 3rd high school
    11/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Some Indian Prairie Unit District 204 board members say they're surprised the district's referendum committee appears so single-minded in its push for a third high school.
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    Consolidation possible without Dist. 48 tax hike
    11/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Salt Creek Elementary District 48 school board members dislike the idea of consolidating with another school system so much that they hesitated Wednesday night even discussing the option.
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    Open Line: Aiding in Special Education
    11/18/2004 -
    The Herald News
    I'm a special education teacher, and I'm a little upset about parents wanting other parents to pay extra for Special Ed kids.
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    Schools seek major tax hike
    11/17/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Property owners in the Quincy School District would pay 11 percent more in taxes next year under a tax levy proposal to be presented Wednesday night to the School Board.
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    District 158 eager to open schools
    11/17/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Referendum campaign leader Cheryl Meyer urged school board members not to rest after voters approved a tax increase Nov. 2 for the district to open new schools and hire teachers.
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    Letter to the Editor: Fix funding; don't rely on gambling
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Expanding casino gambling to raise money to cover the budget deficits facing Illinois and Chicago governments is a risky bet with serious social costs.
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    How can Dist. 158 best spend its new funds?
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Just three weeks after a slim majority of voters approved a 55-cent tax-rate hike, Huntley District 158 school board members discussed Tuesday night how best to spend the influx of funds.
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    New Batavia High group to assess tax hike
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Last May, more than 40 volunteers decided that a price tag of $54.5 million and $68.6 million would meet current and future needs at Batavia High School.
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    Dist. 62's projected cuts keep growing
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    They estimated $2 million.
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    Dist. 23 takes big loss in grants
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 lost more than $100,000 in state and federal grant money this year mainly because, according to state officials, of a decline in its student population.
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    Referendum committee going to public for opinions
    11/17/2004 -
    Naperville Sun
    The public will have its first chance to give feedback on possible options for a referendum measure in Indian Prairie School District 204 at a hearing after Thanksgiving.
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    JTHS officials: Tax caps hurt budget
    11/17/2004
    Tax caps may be a homeowner's best friend, but they're killing school districts struggling to make ends meet, Joliet Township High School officials said Tuesday.
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    City dumps trash bill on public schools
    11/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Even as it struggles with its own budget pressures, Chicago Public Schools is preparing to pay for its garbage pickup as part of a cost-shifting effort by the city.
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    Glencoe schools to ask voters for tax-rate increase
    11/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A decade of deficit spending has prompted Glencoe Elementary School District 35 to ask voters for help in the spring, officials say.
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    April school tax question likely
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members on Monday discussed just how steep the climb is going to be toward getting voter approval of a tax increase in April.
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    Dist. 41 not ready for tax vote for new school
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Hands tentatively went up, then down and somewhere in between when planners were asked to raise their hands Monday evening if they felt comfortable asking Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 taxpayers to support a tax hike for a new school this spring.
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    Superintendents want builders to pay up
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Those interested in developing in Burlington could pay fees to Central Unit District School District 301, if Superintendent Brad Hawk has anything to say about it.
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    Defeated District 62 divided on when to try again at polls
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Des Plaines voters said "no" to Elementary District 62 this month. It's not certain when they'll get their say again.
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    Dist. 23 sees tax request ahead
    11/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 may ask voters for a tax increase in two to three years in order to stop deficit spending and to avoid depleting its reserves.
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    School projects in limbo as state money dries up
    11/16/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Thornton Fractional's high school district recently began renovating its aging schools, which are in such bad shape that some science labs have no running water.
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    Editorial: Money isn't the answer
    11/15/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    If you listened to the members of the Illinois Black Legislative Caucus who visited East St. Louis last week, you'd think that money could solve every problem.
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    Opinion: School funding reform belongs on table
    11/15/2004
    In the wake of an election season widely touted as the most critical — and most divisive — this nation has ever experienced, it is now time for all of us to come together, look to the future and focus on what's important in this land of opportunity.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lawmakers must act to fix school funding
    11/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Going into the veto session and a new legislative year, it is vital to know that Illinois' funding of education is broken.
    Read more...

    District 25 community invited to talk finances
    11/15/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Residents and taxpayers in Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 will have a chance to hear about the state of the district's finances at a special meeting this week.
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    City's $1-bil. casino dream
    11/15/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    City planners are betting a downtown Chicago casino would rake in about $1 billion a year, more than the biggest casino in Las Vegas.
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    District 41 weighs referendum delay
    11/13/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The plan to build a new school in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 to alleviate crowding will likely be put off until 2006, school board President John Vivoda said.
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    Up to 40 Catholic schools may close
    11/13/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    As many as 40 Catholic schools in and around Chicago are at "great risk" of being closed or reconfigured at the end of the school year--potentially the biggest school shakeup in the history of the archdiocese, affecting nearly 17 percent of the nation's largest parochial system.
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    Grade centers intrigue district
    11/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    The Kirby District 140 school board has reiterated that it wants the administration to study reorganizing the district's eight schools in Tinley Park and Orland Park into grade centers.
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    Kids will be the losers if district is broken up
    11/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Nov. 2, the community of Bartlett, along with portions of Wayne, and Carol Stream approved an advisory referendum proposing disconnection from Elgin Area School District U-46.
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    Athletic field renovations set
    11/12/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The athletic field at Richards High School is due for major improvements, which officials say are needed to ensure the safety of football, soccer and other players.
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    Yorkville schools expect crowding
    11/11/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Faced with the prospect of doubled enrollment by 2009, a Yorkville District 115 advisory panel has proposed constructing four new schools along with a tax increase to support new staff and programs.
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    Renaissance 2010 small schools get extra cash
    11/11/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    New Chicago public schools will get extra cash to stay small under a Renaissance 2010 funding formula that critics said Wednesday was a sellout to private operators.
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    Referendum committee takes another look at enrollment projections
    11/10/2004
    Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee took another hard look at enrollment projections Tuesday and narrowed down a target number of students the district needs to house in the next 10 years.
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    Nearly $3 million in rehab planned at Dist. 220 schools
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Renovations to art rooms, restrooms and playgrounds are just several of the construction projects scheduled for this summer in Barrington Area Unit District 220.
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    Dist. 204 will oppose state education funding bill
    11/10/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    At least one area school district plans to lobby against a proposed state school funding law some administrators have dubbed the "Robin Hood" bill.
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    Charter schools get more funds
    11/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Public Schools leaders offered prospective charter schools more money at a closed meeting Tuesday, including a better portion of special education funds--a compromise that came after six weeks of negotiations over the details of an effort to create 100 new city schools.
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    Editorial: New hope for new schools
    11/10/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Renaissance 2010 is Mayor Richard Daley's latest big idea in education, a proposal to expand on the successes of creative public school experiments now scattered across the city.
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    Does he or doesn't he? State senator claims he has governor's backing on casino plan
    11/9/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Senate President Emil Jones said Monday that he has Gov. Rod Blagojevich's support to place a casino in Chicago, but the administration is not revealing its position.
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    Yorkville might see spring vote on schools
    11/9/2004
    The Yorkville School District should go to voters in April to seek approval for as many as four new school buildings, upgrades to several others and an education fund tax increase to staff them.
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    Mundelein High may strengthen control of funds
    11/9/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Five recommendations are being made on how to provide tighter controls over student activity fund spending at Mundelein High School District 120.
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    Cal Park schools ask for help making cuts
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Calumet Park school officials — facing a dire financial situation — want parents and community members to give their two cents about where they think inevitable cuts should be made.
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    Tussle over casino data
    11/8/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    The Blagojevich administration is pressing state gambling regulators to hand over confidential financial information from casinos around the state, a move casino owners fear signals a tax increase or other action affecting their business.
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    Editorial: Lawmakers have much to do -- starting with a casino here
    11/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    "The Legislature has been known to do wonders," state Senate President Emil Jones said the other day, holding out hope that during the veto session that starts today in Springfield, lawmakers will be able to pass a bill providing for the establishment of at least three new casinos -- including one in downtown Chicago.
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    Harlem strike downplayed
    11/8/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Officials in the Harlem and Byron school districts pondered their next moves Wed-nesday in the wake of voter rejection of tax referendums in Tuesday's election.
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    Editorial: Don't gamble on education
    11/8/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Politics make strange bedfellows, they say.
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    Schools to form group to talk of cuts
    11/7/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In wake of McHenry Elementary School District 15's fourth straight losing referendum proposal, school officials plan to form a community group to discuss the district's financial future.
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    Letter to the Editor: Tell your legislators: No more casinos
    11/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Pressure is being placed on legislators to pass a massive gambling expansion proposal during the veto session.
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    Time to tackle school funding
    11/6/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Across the state, school boards and district administrators are feeling sick. All that red ink they face in their budgets is enough to make them ill. Last year, 82 percent of the public school districts in Illinois ran budget deficits.
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    School faces sanctions in Joliet
    11/5/2004
    The most severe sanctions against a Joliet public school to date as a result of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act are about to be put in place at Washington Junior High and Academy.
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    Third Head Start class to open at Woodland
    11/5/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Woodland Elementary District 50 will expand a program designed to help children of low-income families get a jump on kindergarten.
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    Board may poll public on shuttered school's future
    11/5/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Round Lake area school board wants to ask the community what to do with the now closed Magee Middle School.
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    Casinos, mass-tranist bailout face returning lawmakers
    11/5/2004
    Billions of dollars of new construction projects are on hold, the Chicago Transit Authority says it needs more money, and gambling proponents are proposing new casinos as the General Assembly returns this week for its fall veto session.
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    Kaneland to prepare for cuts
    11/4/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Kaneland school district will try a referendum again in April but will begin plans to cut programs now.
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    State check turns its eye to District 54
    11/4/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A public forum will be held Monday evening for parents and other residents to comment on Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54's special education programs.
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    School tax hike vote next spring?
    11/4/2004 -
    Ledger Sentinel
    When the Oswego School District’s Citizens Financial Advisory Committee meets Nov. 16, they will have a mostly bleak set of figures to look at.
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    New technology keeps Kane schools up-to-date
    11/1/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    With the help of geographic information systems technology, school officials can adjust boundaries and see how it affects every student and every building.
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    Letter to the Editor: Illinois school funding is in crisis.
    10/31/2004
    For several decades Illinois citizens have known that the state of Illinois has been close to last of all the states in taking responsibility for funding their public education system.
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    More truants, less cash to handle them
    10/31/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Funding for truancy prevention has been cut more than 20 percent in four years, and the situation promises to get worse come January, truancy experts say.
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    U.S. funds to help school safety push
    10/31/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The federal government is spending a quarter-million bucks in the northwest suburbs to support efforts by Mt. Prospect, five school districts and a collection of private schools and day-care centers to coordinate school emergency and crisis management efforts.
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    Financial struggle in Fairmont district
    10/30/2004
    Less than two months after her arrival at the Fairmont School District, Superintendent Doris Langon is working hard to pull an about face with the district's finances.
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    District 204 sees windfall for growing student body
    10/30/2004
    For once, growth is paying off for Indian Prairie School District 204.
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    Letter to the Editor: Unions feeding us only some statistics
    10/30/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The teachers unions feed the media the information necessary to champion their call for additional school funding and dismiss the taxpayers' wishes to have the schools control spending.
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    Districts' growth pays off
    10/29/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Two local school districts will receive high-growth grants by the end of November at the latest, a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education said Thursday.
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    Dist. 87 vendors help finance tax hike push
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The law firm, financial advisers and benefits consultants for Glenbard High School District 87 contributed a total of $3,000 to help pass a tax hike for the district.
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    Dist. 211 faces uphill battle against deficit
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    While steps have already been taken, officials in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 said more measures are needed to pull the district out of its current financial situation.
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    Grant designed to help Dist. 204 handle growth
    10/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 received more than $743,000 Thursday as part of a state grant program for fast-growing school districts.
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    Schools ring up growth grants
    10/29/2004
    Booming school districts got a little extra help from the state Thursday, as thousands of long-awaited dollars rolled in.
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    Letter to the Editor: Tax increase, maybe even more, is needed
    10/29/2004
    As one of the newer board members of the District 87 school board I have had an interesting vantage point from which to observe the district.
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    Illinois sends $10 million to booming school districts
    10/29/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    The Illinois State Board of Education has issued $10 million in grants to 44 fast-growing school districts across the state, the largest of which is earmarked for Plainfield School District 202.
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    Foes of school say it steers kids to military
    10/29/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Just three percent of Chicago public school seniors intend to join the military, compared with 18 percent of seniors in Chicago's military programs, new data shows.
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    Letter to the Editor: Parade passes by
    10/28/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    On Oct. 14, I watched the Huntley High School homecoming parade. The first floats held high school students - athletes, cheerleaders, musicians.
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    Bond issue considered for repairs at schools
    10/28/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    The Edwardsville School District 7 is considering a $5.2 million bond issue to improve aging buildings in the rapidly growing district.
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    District 154 bankrupt by 2007?
    10/28/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Voters in Cook County School District 154 will be asked Tuesday to approve a tax-rate increase to stem deficit spending within the one-school district and to keep the district from going bankrupt by 2007.
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    Foes say tax hikes let state off hook
    10/27/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Opponents of two referendums supporting Pekin grade school programs say that if voters approve the property tax increases Tuesday, they will send the wrong message to state lawmakers who are wrangling with school funding.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lifelong effect
    10/27/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Who is determining the quality of District 158 schools?
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    Letter to the Editor: A plan for school funding that would benefit both students and taxpayers
    10/27/2004
    I was reading Friday, October 08, 2004, "GUEST OPINION: HB 750: Robbing the middle class to subsidize the rich," and understand why Illinois taxpayers are upset with politicians. I suggest the following alternative.
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    Editorial: Growing crisis may trigger changes in school funding
    10/27/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    A statewide crisis probably will be needed before Illinois changes the system for financing education. And the state appears to be rapidly approaching such a crisis.
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    Letter to the Editor: Referendum is opportunity for the city
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Tuesday, the citizens of Geneva are afforded one the most important opportunities our country allows. That right and obligation is to support the education of our children.
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    Editorial: District 158 'yes' comes with caveats
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A huge turnout can be expected Tuesday when Huntley School District 158 residents go to the polls in one of the most contentious school referendums in recent memory.
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    Elementary district takes another stab at tax hike
    10/27/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gurnee Elementary District 56 will make its fifth try in two years at Tuesday's election to gain voter permission for a tax increase.
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    Letter to the Editor: Noland's support of school funding revamp courageous
    10/26/2004 -
    The Courier News
    As a teacher in Elgin U46, I feel the effects of the lack of dedication to public school funding on a regular basis. This is why I support Michael Noland for state representative in the 43rd District.
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    Garfield complains over bilingual cuts
    10/26/2004 -
    The Courier News
    Changes to Elgin School District U46's bilingual program for this year brought high hopes at Garfield Elementary School, but some parents and staff members are now disappointed as a newly designed "transition" classroom at the school has been taken away.
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    Schools still waiting for cash flow
    10/26/2004 -
    The Herald News
    Water district: Agency, Lockport area leaders disagree over when taxes apply
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    Letter to the Editor: Elman will help fix education funding
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Sharyn Elman knocked on my door the other night to introduce herself to me.
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    School reform advocates see casinos as a threat
    10/26/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I bet the casino industry wins this battle.
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    Letter to the Editor: State passing the buck on school funding
    10/26/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A study released earlier this month by the Education Trust provides further evidence Illinois is among the worst states in the nation in supporting education.
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    Letter to the Editor: School funding equity absent in Illinois
    10/25/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    I am in favor of reforming school funding to shift some burden to income and sales tax rather than property tax.
    Read more...

    Editorial: District 150 should take aid offer
    10/25/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Peoria District 150's task is tough enough without the School Board making things worse.
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    School district placed on Financial Watch list
    10/22/2004 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The Quincy School District has been placed on the Illinois State Board of Education's Financial Watch list because of more than $2.2 million in accumulated debt.
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    Growth pinches Harlem, neighbors
    10/22/2004
    Machesney Park wants to raze houses near Illinois 173; schools could lose millions if a tax district is kept.
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    Report: State schools in fiscal crisis
    10/22/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    CHICAGO - Eighty-two percent of school districts across Illinois spent more than they took in during the 2003 budget year, according to a published report.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Noland has sound plans for making us safer
    10/22/2004 -
    Elgin Courier News
    As an Army veteran having served in Europe just after the Second World War, issues related to homeland security are important to me.
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    Numbers game keeps School District 202 on its toes
    10/22/2004 -

    Sun Publications
    The only thing wrong with the number two is that it should be 12. Or 22. Or 32. Or more.
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    District 229 forms new foundation
    10/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    OAK LAWN -- Hoping to offer students scholarships for higher education and teachers funding for special projects, Community High School District 229 officials have decided to form a separate education foundation to do fundraising.
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    State schools in fiscal `crisis'
    10/22/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Tribune analysis finds 82 percent of districts in red
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    District 15 plans to ask for tax hike next year
    10/21/2004 -
    Palatine Countryside
    As the Nov. 2 election approaches, Elementary School District 15 officials are focused on the 2005 election cycle.
    Read more...

    Failing schools may lose tutor OK
    10/21/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    State to fight to keep services
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    Districts may face financial oversight
    10/21/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    State may step in to manage funds
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    Woodstock backs off transition fees
    10/20/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    City council members said Tuesday that a decision regarding the implementation of transition fees to benefit District 200 was premature.
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    Letters ask state to fund merger
    10/20/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Jim Miller guided about 150 letters from El Paso-Gridley parents out of the district office toward the hands of legislators Tuesday.
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    New Lenox to vote on upkeep fund
    10/20/2004 -
    The Herald News
    School issue: Voters will be asked for boost in maintenance cash.
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    Pay to play
    10/19/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Fee hikes having varied effect on participation The Bauersfeld family of rural McLean is paying $800 for their two students -- a seventh-grader at Olympia Middle School and a sophomore at Olympia High School -- to participate in school activities this year.
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    Dist. 62 begins tax levy review
    10/19/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 officials are looking to collect about $35.6 million in property taxes - the No. 1 source of revenue - next year.
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    Editorial: It's time to focus on the big picture
    10/18/2004
    October typically is a busy month with the school year well under way.
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    Cost of transfers coming for U46
    10/18/2004
    Elgin School District U46 officials over the next week or so will get a better sense of how much it will cost to provide a mandatory school choice program for schools not meeting academic expectations as outlined in the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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    Kids can choose how to raise funds
    10/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    "Be there or be square," reads one of the colorful, student-painted posters that cover the halls of St. Luke's Lutheran school in Itasca.
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    How bad is Dist. 158's cash flow problem?
    10/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    As Election Day nears, the debate over a 55-cent tax hike in Huntley Unit District 158 intensifies under often confusing, sometimes emotional attacks from both sides.
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    Letter to the Editor: Support Lake Villa schools, students
    10/18/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Lake Villa District 41, which includes five grade schools, has two important referendum questions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
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    Letter to the Editor: Research the facts on tax-hike request
    10/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Residents like Larry Snow, Charles Anchor and Don Bond are "no" voters for School District 158's referendum request because they don't want to pay more taxes for education.
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    Letter to the Editor: This isn't a perfect world; vote 'no'
    10/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In a perfect world, all children would have the best of everything. Money would grow on trees for the picking. We would grow old healthy and worry-free, without ever having to face reality.
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    Letter to the Editor: 6,100 reasons to say 'yes' in District 158
    10/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    In a few weeks, we will be going to the polls to answer a very important question.
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    District 87 parents, residents discuss proposed tax hike
    10/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Glenbard North High School parent Kathy Blasius said she's thinking of a proposed tax hike as a sort of trade-off for a few family events throughout the course of a year.
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    Referendum results to dictate school fees
    10/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Fees in three subject areas in Glenbard High School District 87 could increase next year, and the amount of the hike will be determined by the outcome of the November referendum.
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    Letter to the Editor: District 87 students need voters' support
    10/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    We have one child at Glenbard North High School, and two more children in School District 93.
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    Plainfield schools OK issuing bonds
    10/15/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    $30 million: Referendum lets district build 7 schools in 5 years
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    School funding needs major overhaul, expert says
    10/14/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The only way to fix the flaws in the way Illinois funds public schools is to completely transform the state's tax structure, the mastermind behind the latest school funding proposal said Wednesday night.
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    Education group's sale begins today
    10/14/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Financial help is on the way after District 2 slashed its budget and eliminated 14 teaching positions in the spring.
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    Stepping up to offer help
    10/14/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    When Molly Rannebarger recently turned 8, she planned a party with a shoe theme and asked her guests to bring sneakers and other trendy footware.
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    Regional spotlight: Remodeled auditorium unveiled
    10/14/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Now one knows what the hounds, lions and gophers in the Eureka High School auditorium mean, but the plaster images look better than they have in years.
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    New Lenox school official to help lobby
    10/14/2004
    Beth Brouwer: To lead group that backs education funding reform A local school board member has been selected to lead a south suburban cooperative that lobbies legislators for school funding reform.
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    Dist. 300 officials discover the joy of cola
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The new generation of Community Unit School District 300 students won't have a choice when it comes to their vending machine sodas.
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    Schools qualify for state help
    10/14/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Enrollment is up again in both Huntley School District 158 and Community Unit School District 300.
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    Indian Prairie's future needs set at $38 million
    10/14/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Panel to advise on referendum The cost of major future building maintenance and technology in Indian Prairie School District 204 could reach $38 million, administrators estimated this week.
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    City's teacher shortage ebbs
    10/14/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday touted a drop in the teacher vacancy rate in the city's public schools, crediting new policies and programs designed to get teachers into classrooms.
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    Activist seeks state school funding reforms
    10/14/2004 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    School funding reform advocates are saying that the current tax system to finance public education is inadequate.
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    Letter to the Editor: Education matters
    10/13/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    School funding isn't simple addition and subtraction for deficits, which is why administrators earn a respectable living.
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    State grant surprises D-300
    10/13/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 300 will receive a school fast-growth grant by the slimmest of margins.
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    D-300 OKs busing changes
    10/13/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 300 will make changes to the parochial-school bus system with the understanding that more improvements will be on the way.
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    Letter to the Editor: Funding schools
    10/13/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Regarding school finances, any system that requires perpetually taking an ever-increasing percentage of taxpayer dollars is inherently flawed.
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    Letter to the Editor: Approval needed to have quality schools
    10/12/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    What value is placed on a good, quality education for the children of your community?
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    Schools get cash for increasing growth
    10/9/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The state will pump more than a half million dollars into the Normal-based Unit 5 school district to help offset the cost of rapid growth, Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Friday.
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    Venice officials working to open new high school
    10/9/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    School officials in this impoverished town expect to have a new charter high school open next month, now that they have the governor’s endorsement.
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    Letter to the Editor: Funding facts
    10/8/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Marcelle Bell (Sept. 6 letter), how thee is wrong; let me count the ways.
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    Candidates offer school funding ideas
    10/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The Daily Herald sent both candidates questionnaires asking them about some of the important issues in Illinois. Here are selected questions and responses.
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    Gov. Blagojevich signs law to help rapidly growing school districts
    10/8/2004 -
    Office of the Governor
    Fast growth grants now available to Illinois Schools Governor Rod Blagojevich today signed House Bill 766, establishing Fast Growth Grants for Illinois schools.
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    Superintendents ask for funds
    10/7/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Superintendents from around the state gathered at a crumbling South Side school Wednesday to appeal to members of the General Assembly and the governor to approve more money for the state's school construction grant program when they return to Springfield next month.
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    D-300 may lose out on funding
    10/5/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 300 might not be eligible for a grant at a time when it needs the money the most.
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    Letter to the Editor: Why Kaneland needs more funds
    10/5/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    On Aug. 23, the members of the Kaneland board of education voted unanimously to offer voters a referendum in the Nov. 2 election.
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    Residents to discuss school funding
    10/4/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    It's time for the people of Indian Prairie Unit District 204 to speak up.
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    Letter to the Editor: Stop throwing money at schools
    10/3/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    This letter is in response to Mary Sues Barrett's letter to the editor. She wrote that what was needed was education reform.
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    School funding focus of bill
    9/30/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Tax-reform advocate Ralph Martire lobbied Wednesday in support of a sweeping school-funding reform initiative during a meeting of the Illinois Association of School Boards.
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    Schools explore new funding for charters
    9/30/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago school officials agreed Wednesday to examine whether city charter schools should get a crack at millions in special "categorical" funds -- a change that may be critical to Mayor Daley's Renaissance 2010 plan to create 100 new schools.
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    Board of Education adopts budget
    9/29/2004 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    Superintendent addresses concerns created by state's financial watch list The District 7 Board of Education adopted the 2004-05 budget Monday.
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    Foundation fuels innovative school projects
    9/29/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Only a handful of pupils in Dee Grande's 4th-grade classroom at Sunny Hill School in Carpentersville have computers at home. So having individual computers built into their desks at school is quite a kick.
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    Funding plan worries school leaders
    9/28/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich's new state school officials want to speed certification of teachers and reduce bureaucratic red tape, actions that Rock River Valley officials applaud as practical and necessary.
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    Letter to the Editor: Who is Elgin kidding on cost of schools?
    9/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A recent Daily Herald news article said school districts would receive $5 million in impact fees for 1,000 new homes built in Elgin.
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    Letter to the Editor: Schools need type of funding village has
    9/28/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    I would like to thank the Gurnee village board for maintaining a competent staff of public employees.
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    Launching lunch
    9/27/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Farmington's new school uses a high-tech finger scanner to streamline the cafeteria Joshua Fuller must use fingerprint identification technology to complete one of the most important transactions of his day.
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    Editorial: East Peoria sales tax for schools a tempting carrot
    9/27/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    East Peoria is still dangling an unusual $800,000 carrot to help three school districts within the city. But it comes with tradeoffs, one of which has been agreed to and the other meeting some resistance.
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    Regional spotlight: Gym showcase of school
    9/27/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Ridgeview Mustangs have a new corral.
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    Rapid growth drives request for school fees
    9/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    For a firsthand look at the predicament Community Unit School District 300 officials say is brewing west of Elgin, take a drive through the country.
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    District 87 again puts gymnastics on the block
    9/25/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Gymnastics programs in Glenbard High School District 87, which were saved by parents last spring, are back on the chopping block at three of the district's schools next year.
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    Editorial: State must replace lost money for schools
    9/24/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The news last week that the Decatur School District will lose about $1.3 million in property taxes next year because of an increase in the homestead exemption on property tax was predictable.
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    Superintendent says District 132 is sinking
    9/24/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Calumet Park School District 132 may be broke by this time next year, according to its new superintendent, and students in the district are already doing without some basic materials.
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    School district in black
    9/24/2004 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    Antioch elementary: $20.8M budget approved
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    Deficit holds at New Lenox schools
    9/24/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    NEW LENOX — Even implementing $400,000 worth of maintenance cuts hasn't wiped out the deficit in the New Lenox Grade School District's operations and maintenance fund, a school official said Wednesday.
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    School districts addressing budget issues
    9/23/2004 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    CHAMPAIGN – Line by line, Champaign school board members examined a list of proposed education fund expenditures for the current school year, looking for ways to reduce each one.
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    Clinton district 'going broke'
    9/23/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Clinton school district is going broke, its business manager said Wednesday.
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    Letter to the Editor: Theater project would have benefitted school
    9/22/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    The Maroa-Forsyth School Board has just put an unceremonious end to the proposal of a theater project that was being offered to the students at no expense to the school!
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    School's cool: Air conditioning one of many popular features at Clinton's new junior high
    9/20/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Matt Runyen helped move some heavy school supplies into the new Clinton Junior High School a few months ago. But now that a new year of school has begun, the eighth-grader says taking classes in the new 102,000-square-foot facility is no sweat.
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    District reduces it budget deficit
    9/17/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Like schools statewide, Oak Lawn Community High School is facing budget constraints caused by concern over high property taxes and tax caps.
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    2010 plan allows schools leeway
    9/14/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Budgets, staffing may vary in city Many of Chicago's newly created public schools will have more flexibility and autonomy in budgeting, setting the length of the school day and establishing curriculum and staffing, according to a working draft of the Renaissance 2010 plan released Monday.
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    Critics say schools plan too vague on closings
    9/14/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Officials of the Chicago Public Schools Monday detailed the three kinds of new schools they want to create under Renaissance 2010, but critics blasted the new policy for what was missing from it.
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    Editorial: D-300 rolling to bus future
    9/13/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    District 300 officials, bus drivers and families are living the transition to a certain future – contracting bus service to the private sector.
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    Twin City schools buck trend
    9/12/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The move of more school districts toward hiring private companies for custodial and maintenance work isn't being followed in Twin City area schools.
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    School budget needs revisions, official claims
    9/8/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Fabish says balancing finances may take up to 5 years to achieve The proposed 2004-05 balanced budget for District 150 may be evaporating.
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    Enrollment growth tests schools
    9/8/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    Officials estimate that the district will enroll 18,700 students this year, and educators continue to try to maximize limited resources to provide for them.
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    Daley defends school closings
    9/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Mayor Daley opened the school year Tuesday by defending a plan to create 100 new Chicago public schools from scores of struggling ones, just as opponents fired the first legal volley against Renaissance 2010.
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    Glen's tax break worries schools
    9/7/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Glenview districts would lose income, officials complain The Glen, a ritzy North Shore development, has become the source of discord between Glenview and the Glenbrook high schools over tax money and student enrollment.
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    School switch could happen
    9/5/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Fieldcrest again considering realignment The Fieldcrest school board could decide later this month about whether to create attendance centers to replace the district's current grade school system.
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    Poor districts rely heavily on local funding
    9/4/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Some area school officials say they are not getting enough money from state for education Many Peoria-area school officials at the low end of the financial stick say they aren't getting enough state money to fund education, forcing local taxpayers to carry the burden.
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    Editorial: School merger money will be on fall veto-session list
    9/2/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Full incentive funding promised Illinois school districts that merged this year will be on the agenda for the fall legislative veto session.
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    Area schools battle budgets
    8/30/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Finances at many local schools turning around, but deficits still common
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    State cuts hurt merged schools
    8/30/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    FAIRBURY -- The new Prairie Central and El Paso-Gridley school districts are faced with more waiting and uncertainty.
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    Governor puts gambling in play
    8/27/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Blagojevich looks for new revenue to fill budget gap
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    EDITORIAL: Referendum need must be pressing
    8/25/2004 -
    Naperville Sun
    We hope that the divisive battle that occurred in Indian Prairie School District 204 in 2001 when it put referendum questions on the ballot to raise the educational tax and construct more buildings will not occur when it goes to referendum in 2005.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More money for schools isn't answer
    8/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Those who can be defined as liberal tend to denigrate implicitly all taxpayers for not throwing more money at our nation's failing public school system.
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    It's the bureaucrats -- not the budgets -- that hurt schools
    8/23/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Fair warning: This is going to frost you. If you own a home, or property, or a business, it's going to make your blood boil. If you're on medication, make certain you've taken it before you read further because what I'm about to tell you can raise your blood pressure.
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    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Waiting for school funding reform
    8/22/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I see now that the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has completed an 18-month study of the school funding system and concluded that reform is necessary.
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    State aid does not help school budget: Murphysboro predicts $2.3 million deficit if something does not change
    8/21/2004
    MURPHYSBORO -- Murphysboro schools are going to receive $661,000 more in state aid this year, but it's still not enough to solve the district's financial problems, administrators say.
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    School financing overhaul sought
    8/13/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Mayor Richard Daley and other Chicago-area mayors said Thursday they plan to drum up political and community support for an overhaul of the state's educational funding system, but the leaders could not say when they will put a new funding proposal on the table.
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    Voters may be asked to urge change in school funding law
    8/13/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Madison County voters would be asked in November to support changing the way schools are financed and a change in a tax levy law under plans endorsed Wednesday by a County Board panel.
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    Area mayors push for school funding reform
    8/12/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    (Reuters) - Mayors from Chicago and its suburbs called on the state of Illinois Thursday to take a bigger role in funding public schools as the state ranks near the bottom of 50 states in the amount of money it sends schools.
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    EDITORIAL: Mayors seek more state school funds
    8/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Mayor Richard Daley's schools chief announced this week that Chicago Public Schools will increase property taxes by some $40 million this year - the sixth consecutive year the school system will raise taxes by the maximum amount allowed under state law.
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    Editorial: A lot of bang for 14 bucks
    8/12/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    No one likes to pay more property taxes.
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    Mayors joining battle to reform the schools
    8/11/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    An organization representing 272 mayors from the Chicago metropolitan area has launched a campaign to reform school funding in Illinois.
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    Chicago schools chief calls for property tax hike
    8/11/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    (AP)-The head of the Chicago Public Schools asked for a 2.4 percent property tax increase Tuesday to help fill a $40 million gap in the district's budget.
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    Chicago schools budget includes 2.4 percent property tax hike
    8/11/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Chicago taxpayers will face a property tax increase for the seventh straight year if the Chicago public schools budget is approved later this month, school officials announced Tuesday.
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    Budget has local impact
    7/25/2004 -

    Macomb Journal
    MACOMB - Local officials are waiting for state lawmakers to send a budget to the governor.
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    Governor's tax cut snubs Central Illinois
    7/24/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Usually, we're pretty happy when the government reduces taxes.
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    Educators say schools desperate for state cash
    7/9/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Schools are in desperate need of the $400 million increase in state school funding proposed by Gov. Blagojevich, said educators who held a press conference Thursday at a West Side high school classroom stuffed with library books and papier-mache art projects.
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    Lawmakers debate school funding
    7/9/2004 -

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich maintains he could reach a budget agreement with lawmakers in 30 minutes - but first they must decide how to allocate school funding.
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    EDITORIAL: Clout - Daley steps in to gripe about how schools are financed.
    7/5/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Illinois relies far too much on property taxes to fund education and far too little on state sources of revenue," Daley said last week.
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    Daley to Blagojevich: Reform School Funding
    6/30/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Mayor Richard Daley called on the governor Wednesday to start reforming the state's education funding system this year, saying its reliance on property taxes is taking too great a toll on homeowners.
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    Matter of Opinion: Get serious about education funding reform
    6/25/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Our children are falling through the gap between rhetoric and action.
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    State needs special session on education
    5/26/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Sometime within the next several days, the General Assembly and Gov. Rod Blagojevich will decide on a spending plan for the state's schools in the fiscal year that begins in July. Whatever the details of the plan, it will not address the major issue of reforming the method of funding
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    Advocates discuss education crisis
    5/18/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Forum panelists say tax reform must happen, but can't until after Nov. election
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    Special legislative session needed for school finances
    5/16/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Common sense, not petitions, should be the only thing needed for the Illinois Legislature to meet in special session to discuss school funding.
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    Blagojevich shouldn't wait to develop school funding plan
    3/29/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    If Gov. Rod Blagojevich thinks it's important to revise the way Illinois schools are funded - and it is - he need not wait to gain control of the state's education bureaucracy to do so. He can exert his influence now.
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    Experts debate school funding Fox Valley legislators host panel to get ideas on changing how education is paid for
    2/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The omnipresent frustration with the way schools are funded in Illinois made its way Monday to Elgin Community College, where a panel offered remedies to the crisis situation.
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    Experts debate school funding
    2/24/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The omnipresent frustration with the way schools are funded in Illinois made its way Monday to Elgin Community College, where a panel offered remedies to the crisis situation.
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    District 66 board member addresses state
    2/7/2004 -

    Canton Daily Ledger
    SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Canton School District 66 school board Vice President Pete Franciskovich went to Springfield Wednesday to discuss the financial plight of education in Canton schools and to urge legislators to find solutions to the problems facing education funding in Illinois.
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    Illinois Comptroller: Fiscal Focus Magazine
    12/1/2003
    Learn how Illinois' public schools are funded.
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    Editorial: School finances must go to top of state's agenda
    11/24/2003 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The message couldn't be more clear if legislators read newspapers with any regularity: School finance reform can't be put off.
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    The Funding Gap
    10/1/2003
    Low-Income and Minority Students Still Receive Fewer Dollars in Many States
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    Tax Changes In Alabama: The Economic Consequences
    5/1/2003
    During this weak economy, it would be prudent for state leaders to pursue alternative means of raising revenue that would have a less negative impact on the Alabama economy.
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    More than 100 rally for school funding; Many were local city and school officials
    4/27/2003 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    CANTON - More than 100 people gathered at Canton Memorial Stadium on Saturday for a rally about educational funding.
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    EDITORIAL: Big education rally set at Canton High School
    4/17/2003 -

    Canton Daily Ledger
    A rally will be held to urge state lawmakers to solve the school funding crisis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Canton High School's Memorial Stadium, 1001 N. Main St.
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