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    Springfield Think Tank Releases Education Funding Reform Study
    7/11/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    SPRINGFIELD - Springfield-based think tank Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) today released a study on one of the more hotly contested and much debated topics in state government over the past several years: education funding reform.
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    Springfield Think Tank Releases Education Funding Reform Study
    7/11/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
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    Fund reform hangs in balance
    6/14/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/opinions/commonsense/j14common.htm
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    Editorial: Give Legislature an 'F' in education funding reform
    6/7/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Their accomplishments in 12 years are sometimes nothing short of miraculous. It's pretty sad to think...
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    School-funding changes nixed by legislature
    6/6/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Tax swap idea put on backburner
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    Letter to the Editor: Fight to keep ‘tax swap’ shelved
    6/4/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    The tax-and-spend crowd gave it the old college try, but for the moment, their efforts to pass a $6 billion tax increase (House Bill 755) have come to a screeching halt.
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    Voliva: Education funding bill decision could cost lawmakers
    5/29/2005 -

    The Star
    A Thornton Township High School District 205 board member says the 3,000 people who attended a rally in Springfield earlier this month will hold legislators accountable for not supporting a recent education funding reform bill.
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    Schools, lawmakers need to work together
    5/27/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    Slightly more than a dozen District 158 daytime custodial staffers have got to be bummed out over the possibility of getting pink slips.
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    Politicians need to find answer to school funding problem
    5/27/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/opinions/columnists/hernandez/hernandez27.htm
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    Meeks: We stopped gambling expansion, not Daley
    5/27/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus claimed victory Thursday in yanking from the negotiating table discussions of expanded gambling to boost revenue for schools. Democratic leaders announced Wednesday a stalemate over several gambling proposals, including adding more slot machines to existing casinos or allowing horse racing tracks to install slots. Supporters of expanded gambling wanted the additional revenue to go to schools.
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    Letter to the Editor: Rauschenberger offers no solution to schools problem
    5/25/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/letters/e25seiler.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Too many tax swap questions
    5/25/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Dozens of editorials and news reports have been published throughout Illinois in recent days regarding the impending passage of Senate Bill 755, which seeks to increase the state income tax and decrease property taxes in order to increase education funding. Most of the editorials have lauded the legislation as an answer to Illinois' so-called education funding problems.
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    Winkel revamping school funding proposal
    5/24/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    State Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, is working with a group of Republican senators to rewrite his school funding reform bill in an attempt to win their votes.
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    Letter to the Editor: Commissioner questions tax swap bill
    5/24/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Dozens of editorials and news reports have been published throughout Illinois in recent days regarding the impending passage of HB 755, which seeks to increase the state income tax and decrease property taxes in order to increase education funding. Most of the editorials have lauded the legislation as an answer to Illinois' so-called education funding problems
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    Letter to the Editor: Stop shafting middle class
    5/24/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    Recent articles on raising the state income tax to 5 percent and then getting some tax credit for property taxes to fund education scare me.
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    Editorial: No bang for the buck
    5/24/2005 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The quality of a child's education should not be determined by where he lives, with kids in poor towns shunted into shoddy schools. Unfortunately, that's the way the system works in Missouri, and the disparities are even worse in Illinois.
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    School funding reform pitched to board
    5/24/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/politics/state/w24linden.htm
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    Editorial: School funding solution scuttled again
    5/24/2005 -
    Aurora Beacon News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/opinions/a24edit.htm
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    Editorial: Good riddance to this tax swap bill
    5/24/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Lacking the votes they need, sponsors of a tax swap to change the way Illinois pays for its public schools have taken the bill off the table for this spring. They say, though, that the bill will be back. With any luck, it won’t be. At least not in its current form. The more people learned about the proposal as the spring wore on, the less they liked it, and with good reason.

    Proponents advertise the bill as a better and fairer way to pay for public education because it would boost income taxes in exchange for property tax relief. That would relieve a burden on older homeowners with fixed incomes and shift the responsibility to those better able to pay — working people with higher incomes.
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    Letter to the Editor: It takes guts to support school plan
    5/23/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Let's face facts, folks. When the state is broke, is deficit-spending and can't find a way to cut the existing budget, how do you raise the foundation level per student in public schools without a tax increase?
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    Editorial: Senators need to serve up education funding plans
    5/23/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    It is tiring to hear legislators say why they won't vote for this education funding bill or that education funding bill. They were elected to lead. And they can best do that by proposing solutions to education funding problems in Illinois. If they say there are no problems, there's not much hope for them. If they acknowledge problems, then for heaven's sake offer solutions.
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    Editorial: Taxpayers, beware school-reform talk
    5/23/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    `Hundreds rally for higher taxes."

    Now that's something I'm sorry I missed, but the Copley News Service duly reported that last week "hundreds," indeed, "descended" on lawmakers in Springfield to demand higher taxes for education, which mostly means higher salaries for administrators and teachers.

    Lobbyists, three deep, cornered hapless legislators, as the perennial arm-twisting began for "education funding reform," under which individual and corporate income taxes would be raised and property taxes lowered. This has been called a tax "swap," and the concept has merit. But while the name suggests an even trade-off by offsetting an increase in the progressive income tax with a reduction in the regressive property tax, this year's bill does anything but.
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    Editorial: Cost of a good education needs to be the first answer
    5/22/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Until we decide how much it costs to give a child a good public education in Illinois, all the talk about reforming the way Illinois finances schools will go nowhere.
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    Senate may vote on bill for school funding soon, proponents say
    5/21/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    Hoping to garner enough support to overcome a gubernatorial veto, backers of a proposal to restructure the state's school-funding system said Friday their measure might come up for a Senate vote soon.
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    Editorial:Tax increase is wrong approach for schools
    5/21/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Those advocating a change in the way Illinois funds education are ignoring one part of the equation. A coalition of teacher groups, school district administrators and legislators has come up with a plan that would shift some of the burden for education funding from property taxes to income taxes.
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    Support fizzles for 'tax swap'
    5/21/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    SPRINGFIELD -- A politically risky proposal to overhaul the way the state funds public schools appeared all but dead Friday as its chief legislative sponsor said he didn't have enough votes to pass it.
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    Lawmakers put education funding reform on hold
    5/21/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    SPRINGFIELD — Only days after telling hundreds of supporters the state was on the verge of approving education funding reform, lawmakers pushing that plan put it on hold until the fall.
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    Meeks kills his bill to revamp school funding
    5/20/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    A day after leading a Statehouse rally to revamp school funding, state Sen. James Meeks decided Thursday to postpone a vote on his reform bill, effectively killing it for now.
    "I took a tally and realized I don't have the votes on the Republican side," the Independent from Chicago said. "I have votes on the Democratic side, but that's it."
    Meeks wanted GOP support before calling the bill for a vote.
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    Thousands rally for tax changes
    5/19/2005 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    SPRINGFIELD – Busloads of school funding reform supporters in bright yellow T-shirts flooded the Capitol on Wednesday, urging the General Assembly to raise income taxes, reduce property taxes and put more money into elementary, secondary and higher education.
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    Activists rally for school funding changes, but governor still opposed
    5/19/2005 -
    Associated Press
    Hundreds of people swarmed the Statehouse Wednesday to lobby for transforming the way Illinois pays for public education, but Gov. Rod Blagojevich continued to oppose the idea because it would raise taxes.
    At a rally, a news conference and in offices throughout the Capitol, they called for raising state income taxes to allow for a cut in local property taxes and an increase in state education support.
    "Put your money where your mouth is and fund our schools," said Michael Scott, president of the Chicago Board of Education.
    A new analysis of the plan concluded that Illinois homeowners would, on average, see a 20 percent increase in their overall tax burden.
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    Rally staged to urge reform
    5/19/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Activists express support of tax hike to correct flaw
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    Reformists' Springfield trip yields scant results
    5/19/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. James Meeks got a rise out of a standing room crowd in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday when he said only a person with "testicular virility" could back school funding reform. But the reform lobbyists left Springfield feeling deflated after failing to gain access to House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who were in budget talks behind closed doors.
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    Duncan seeking funds for all Illinois schools
    5/19/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan spent three days in tiny Downstate towns stumping for school funding reform to send a simple message to the governor Wednesday: Big districts and small are going to fight together for more money.
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    Editorial: Come up with tax increase that's just for classrooms
    5/19/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    As much as we would like to support a tax increase for providing equitable education in the classrooms statewide, the latest tax-swap proposal that passed out of a Senate committee last week is not the answer.
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    Rally for school funding reform
    5/19/2005 -

    Alton Telegraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- It felt more like a 1960s anti-war protest than a school funding reform rally.
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    School funding change sought
    5/19/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Tour hits areas to spur support for legislation
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    Statewide education funding campaign ends with Blagojevich pledge
    5/19/2005
    After a rally in Chicago and a three-day bus tour around Illinois, hundreds of administrators, parents, students and elected officials got most of what they were looking for in Springfield Wednesday – a pledge from the governor for more state funding for education.
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    Editorial: Pass education funding bill SB750
    5/19/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News

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    Hundreds rally for higher taxes
    5/19/2005 -

    Copley News Service
    Analysis of school funding bill shows average homeowner would see 20% hike in overall burden
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    Editorial: Painful swap coming
    5/19/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    When is a tax swap not a tax swap? When it's being handled by the Illinois State Legislature. Illinois, after years of inaction, is considering a major overhaul of the property-tax structure that supports public schools. That sounds like a good idea at first, but hold on. Here, the devil is in the details.
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    Long day at the capitol
    5/19/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    School funding reform supporters gather for rally
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    Rally backs measure for school funding
    5/19/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    SPRINGFIELD -- Sean Dickson is tired of hearing politicians find reasons not to address education funding.
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    School funding reform unlikely
    5/18/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- Central Illinois lawmakers see little chance that a major overhaul of the state's school funding system will move forward this year.
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    Tax proposal shifts pain
    5/18/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    From wealthy big-city enclaves to middle-income Downstate communities, homeowners would see a 20 percent increase on average in their combined property and state income tax bills if Illinois overhauls how it pays for public schools, a Tribune computer analysis of tax data shows.
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    Education rally won’t sway local legislators
    5/18/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Suburban lawmakers ‘hate’ proposal to raise income tax, change school funding
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    Local group to rally for reform
    5/18/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    HUNTLEY – Local education activists plan to voice their opinions in Springfield today on proposed school-finance legislation that could cost McHenry County taxpayers $53 million to $76 million a year.
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    Advocates for school funding rally in Moline
    5/18/2005
    Chanting “Fund our schools,” and waving yellow placards bearing the same message, students at John Deere Middle School in Moline joined Tuesday with parents, teachers and administrators to call attention to a school funding crisis they said is forcing Illinois schools to make budget cuts that are shortchanging children.
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    Editorial: School funding measure deserves up-or-down vote
    5/18/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    THE ISSUE: Proposal to revamp the way Illinois funds its public schools could face vote in state Senate this week. WE SAY: Despite threat of a veto by governor, lawmakers should give their approval.
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    Tax proposal shifts pain
    5/18/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
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    From wealthy big-city enclaves to middle-income Downstate communities, homeowners would see a 20 percent increase on average in their combined property and state income tax bills if Illinois overhauls how it pays for public schools, a Tribune computer analysis of tax data shows.

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    Editorial: 'Tax swap' supporters face long odds
    5/17/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    SOME THINK this could actually be the year Illinois will dramatically change how it funds its public schools.

    We still say the odds are long - way, way long - of dramatically increasing the state income tax this year to pump billions into public education. Proponents of the measure prefer to call it a tax swap, as a portion of the property taxes that fund education would also be lowered.

    ONE MAJOR problem with this concept is that it is not truly a tax swap - at least not if you define swap as an even trade.
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    Letter to the Editor: SB/HB750 'tax swap' will not work
    5/17/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/letters/e17steve.htm
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    Will Meeks' school bill pass?
    5/17/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    House speaker may not let funding reform bill get called for a vote
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    Letter to the Editor: School tax sneak attack
    5/17/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    How are private school systems and home schoolers in our state able to produce a superior product (learned students) with half the funds that government schools have? If Ralph Martire [column, May 7] is right and cash and ''fairness'' are what matter in education, then private schools should be sinkholes.
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    Animosity among advocates
    5/17/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Suburban groups are urging a new way to fund schools, but they can’t agree on how to do it
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    Chamber adopts new policies and agenda
    5/16/2005 -

    Edwardsville Intelligencer
    The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee recently voted on the organizations standing polices and agenda items.
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    Letter to the Editor: Bill is step in right direction
    5/16/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/opinions/j16guestcol.htm
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    Reform backers to press ahead
    5/16/2005 -
    Associated Press
    School-funding issue: Advocates hope this is the year to get serious about formula change

    SPRINGFIELD — Advocates of overhauling the way Illinois pays for education are acting like schoolchildren waiting for the last bell of the day — frustrated by inactivity and eager to get moving.

    They see this legislative session as their best chance in years.

    It's a sign of the long odds they've faced before that they consider the current situation an improvement. After all, the governor vows to veto the idea, the powerful House speaker says he's not interested, influential business groups are opposed and any votes that lawmakers cast now will be fodder for next year's elections.
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    Highlights of a Senate 'tax swap' proposal
    5/16/2005 -
    Associated Press
    This was originially published on May 15, 2005 The Illinois Senate is considering a plan to overhaul education funding by raising income taxes and using the money to lower property taxes and give schools more money. The key provisions: TAX
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    Gambling with the lives of public school children
    5/15/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Politicians have been playing Texas Hold 'Em in the state capitol, using children as poker chips.
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    Editorial: The taxman giveth ...
    5/13/2005
    A little more than half of the school districts in the state operate in the red. They have to deal with such grim realities as spiraling medical costs and a state government that doesn't have a lot of cash to give way.
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    Tax hike gains early support
    5/13/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    SPRINGFIELD — A proposal to change how public schools are funded by raising the state income tax cleared its first hurdle Thursday but faces many challenges.
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    School compromise sought
    5/13/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Funding reform: Income taxes up, property taxes down; some provisions gone
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    750 and 750 “lite” become HB755
    5/13/2005
    Stay on top of the developments: Visit the Illinois General Assembly for bill text, actions and votes.
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    School funding reform bill OKd
    5/13/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The Illinois Senate Education Committee on Thursday passed a "tax swap" bill, which supporters say would more fairly finance school districts.
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    Complex proposal to change education funding now goes to state Senate floor
    5/13/2005 -
    Associated Press
    A plan to swap higher income taxes for lower property taxes won approval from a state Senate committee Thursday, the first concrete step after months of negotiations and grass-roots demands for changes in the way Illinois pays for education.
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    Senate panel approves tax swap for education spending
    5/13/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Education funding is a step closer to reform after a Senate panel approved a tax swap Thursday, despite concerns it would hurt business in Illinois.
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    Legislators consider tax hike
    5/13/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Attempting to improve the state's school funding system, a Senate panel on Thursday advanced a plan to raise income taxes while also offering property tax relief.
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    Senate panel OKs schools tax plan: Blagojevich says he would not approve it
    5/13/2005 -

    Chicago Tribune
    A plan to send more money to Illinois classrooms while partly shifting public schools' reliance from the property tax to the income tax was passed by a friendly Illinois Senate committee on Thursday, but it heads to the full chamber under a cloud of uncertainty.
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    Proposal for tax swap advances in Senate
    5/12/2005 -

    Copley News Service
    Attempting to improve the state's school funding system, a Senate panel on Thursday advanced a plan to raise income taxes while also offering property tax relief.
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    Funding deal struck, but it's a long shot
    5/12/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette


    The sponsors of competing bills to reform school funding in Illinois have united behind a compromise version of the legislation, but the measure is still considered by many to be a long shot.

    The compromise, sponsored by state Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, and state Sen. James Meeks, I-Chicago, would raise the personal and corporate income taxes in order to reduce property taxes and provide more money for elementary, secondary and higher education.

    Since Gov. Rod Blagojevich has repeatedly vowed to veto any increase in the income or sales taxes, the bill would need a veto-proof three-fifths majority to become law.
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    Tax swap plan gains
    5/11/2005 -
    Kankakee Daily Journal
    Bi-partisan support to hike income tax for businesses, individuals
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    Letter to the Editor: A 'smoke and mirrors' budget
    5/11/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Smoke and mirrors! This is the strategy the governor is using to craft a budget this year. Instead of providing leadership to face the revenue shortfall the state is facing for the foreseeable future, he pledges no new taxes. His pledge rings hollow as state colleges and universities are forced to raise tuition and cut classes, and as new user fees (which really are taxes) are passed on to the citizens of Illinois.
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    School funding plan would benefit most counties
    5/11/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    But proposal to raise income taxes leaves DuPage, McHenry among state’s biggest losers

    SPRINGFIELD — The latest plan to change how schools are funded would have mixed results for the suburbs.

    Cook, Lake and Kane counties would all end up with more money. But DuPage and McHenry counties would be among the state’s biggest losers, according to printouts lawmakers provided Tuesday.
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    Sharon Voliva launches Day for Illinois Children
    4/29/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    When the van carrying Sharon Voliva pulls up outside a meeting hall, smiling people tend to crowd around it before her husband, Ben, can get her wheelchair out.
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    Letter to the Editor: Gov follows Madigan plan: neglect the schoolchildren
    4/28/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    The parents of public school children in Illinois see a coward hiding behind Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. Who is it? Our governor, Rod Blagojevich.
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    Editorial: Tax swap may not solve school funding
    4/26/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Is there a better way to pay for public schools than the methods used in Illinois? Probably. The state’s heavy reliance on property taxes hurts residents on fixed incomes; the amounts of money available vary significantly from district to district; and the state often fails to cover the costs of its mandated programs.

    Having acknowledged all of that, is the tax swap plan currently being pushed in Springfield a preferable means of funding the schools? Not necessarily. John Patterson, the Daily Herald’s state government editor, brought readers a timely cautionary tale from Michigan in Sunday’s editions. Having acknowledged all of that, is the tax swap plan currently being pushed in Springfield a preferable means of funding the schools? Not necessarily. John Patterson, the Daily Herald’s state government editor, brought readers a timely cautionary tale from Michigan in Sunday’s editions.
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    Businesses oppose 'tax swap' bills
    4/25/2005 -

    Belleville News Democrat
    Lawmakers ponder bills to raise sales and income tax
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    Renewing school tax swap plan
    4/24/2005 -

    Daily Herald
    Sides emerge in push to fund schools with sales, income taxes
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    Suburban legislators seek more funding for schools in state
    4/21/2005 -

    Pioneer Press
    As the General Assembly braces for May's intense budget talks, suburban lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say pushing suburban schools up the financial pecking order will be priority No. 1.
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    No getting around income tax hike
    4/20/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    We're six weeks away from the official end of the state legislative session and there are three things everyone seems to agree on...
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    New faces abound in area schools; Retirements, resignations lead to change in Woodford County
    4/18/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Eureka - New superintendents are taking over school districts in El Paso, Metamora and Minonk and new principals will greet students in Roanoke, Eureka and El Paso following an influx of retirements, resignations or promotions of Woodford County school officials.
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    Editorial: Senate version of HB 750 protects new school funds
    4/17/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Chances for passage of a bill introduced last year to increase income taxes and provide property tax relief to benefit schools seem slim at present.
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    Editorial: School aid reform, not mere taxes, needed
    4/16/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    A lot of special-interest groups - most recently an association representing superintendents of the state's large school districts and teachers - are pushing the Illinois General Assembly to increase funding for education.
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    Assessor: More property tax reform needed
    4/15/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Cook County Assessor James Houlihan praised property tax relief measures enacted thus far, but said more reform is needed, especially to assist Southland school funding.
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    Letter to the Editor: Kadner column, poll are 'deceptive'
    4/14/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Phil Kadner's column "Poll reveals huge support for school funding plan" (April 8) was as deceptive as the poll itself.
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    Lawmakers debate property tax relief
    4/12/2005 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Equitable school funding remains a goal.
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    How to ask taxpayers the right question
    4/12/2005 -

    State Journal Register
    Backers of a plan to raise the state income tax, expand the sales tax and lower property taxes for schools presented a poll last week showing pretty strong support for the idea. The poll showed 69 percent of respondents either strongly or mildly favored the concept.
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    SEIU poll tests HB750
    4/11/2005
    According to the latest poll paid for by SEIU and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability... 71% favor no cuts to education and schools...
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    Poll reveals huge support for school funding plan
    4/8/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Nearly seven out of 10 Illinois residents would back an income tax increase to support the schools, according to a poll released this week.
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    School superintendents back tax swap plan
    4/8/2005 -
    Associated Press
    PEORIA — A group of school superintendents who oversee more than half the state’s students lined up behind a proposal Thursday that would boost income taxes and trim property taxes to solve a financial crisis they say has left 80 percent of Illinois’ public schools in debt.
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    Bills pitching tax swap facing uphill battles
    4/7/2005 -
    Champaign News-Gazette
    A new poll released on Wednesday showed more than two-thirds of voters around the state support education funding reform legislation that would increase income taxes, reduce property taxes and provide more money for schools.
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    Survey shows support for tax increase
    4/7/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    Illinois citizens support raising income taxes and cutting property taxes to fund public education adequately, according to the results of a statewide survey released Wednesday.
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    Poll suggests voters ready for education funding change
    4/7/2005 -

    Copley News Service
    A poll released Wednesday suggests more Illinois voters would rather raise taxes than cut spending on health care and education.
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    Clash over education gap
    4/7/2005 -
    Associated Press
    Referendums fail: Public sends message; state leaders present rival funding ideas
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    Survey shows support for tax increase
    4/7/2005 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois citizens support raising income taxes and cutting property taxes to fund public education adequately, according to the results of a statewide survey released Wednesday.
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    Poll shows support for school funding reform, backers say
    4/7/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    A group wanting to change how schools are funded by raising state income taxes and lowering property taxes released a poll Wednesday showing two out of three voters back the concept, but Gov. Blagojevich was unswayed.
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    Taxes, gambling considered to fill education funding hole
    4/6/2005 -
    Associated Press
    A day after local voters shot down dozens of schools' requests for more money, state lawmakers renewed their debate over the best way to increase education spending with the state mired in a budget deficit.
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    New and old faces elected in District 230
    4/6/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Voters in Consolidated School District 230 on Tuesday elected two familiar faces and two new representatives to the school board. Incumbents Frank Grabowski and Gloria Yakes were re-elected, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.
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    Attention Chicago! Get ready to talk about SB750.
    4/4/2005
    The public is invited to learn about property tax reform and education funding reform in an upcoming forum on Chicago's north side. Find out the effects of HB750 on property taxes, schools and your pocketbook.
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    AP Report: Blagojevich Doubles Down on Increased Gaming Positions to Fund Schools
    3/31/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    The Associated Press reported today that Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing increasing funding for schools by "more than doubling the number of slot machines and gambling tables allowed at Illinois' nine riverboat casinos."
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    School Board hopefuls debate tax reform
    3/23/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    The five candidates for three seats on the Quincy School Board voiced differing views Tuesday on the need to reform the tax system that funds education in Illinois.
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    Legislators offer update on school-financing bill
    3/23/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    State legislators from McHenry County are striving to rally support from their colleagues to allow for local control of education funding.
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    Jones stokes tax-swap; revived panel studies education funding
    3/18/2005 -

    Copley News Service
    An Illinois legislative leader continued his crusade Friday for an income tax hike to benefit public education, while a newly revived panel that recommends how much the state should spend per pupil worked on its latest report.
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    Chicago Urban League Co-Hosts Community Forum on School Funding Reform on March 21
    3/18/2005
    To inform the public about the critical issue of public school funding inequity in Illinois and to mobilize support for reform, the Chicago Urban League will co-sponsor with the Cook County Assessor's Office a community forum titled "Property Taxes and the School Funding Crisis" on Monday, March 21 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave.
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    It's time to insist on school funding reform
    3/17/2005 -
    Waukegan News Sun
    If you are worried about inequities in school funding or about the host of other social ills that continue to plague our state — lack of affordable housing, lack of health insurance, low Medicaid reimbursements — you should get yourself to one of two upcoming legislative hearings on HB/SB 750.
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    Three issues at the forefront of Southland Chamber's lobbying efforts
    3/13/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    On its annual lobbying trip to Springfield last week, Southland business leaders looked to be heard on three issues -- the airport, health care and school funding.
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    Tax reform advocate promotes school funding bill
    3/8/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Ralph Martire says an education funding bill he is promoting would not adversely impact businesses as some detractors have suggested.
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    Editorial: A bold plan to change how Illinois finances schools
    3/6/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    With so many Illinois school districts deficit-spending, a bill that would dramatically change the way the state funds its classrooms and taxes its citizens is raising a fair amount of ruckus.
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    Editorial: A bold plan to change how Illinois finances schools
    3/6/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    With so many Illinois school districts deficit-spending, a bill that would dramatically change the way the state funds its classrooms and taxes its citizens is raising a fair amount of ruckus.
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    South suburban airport takes center stage at legislative breakfast
    3/6/2005 -

    The Star
    ...Miller then turned his attention to education funding reform. He said Bill 750, which would reform education funding by shifting the burden from property to income taxes, is gaining momentum in the state house and senate...
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    SEIFFE: HB 750: The Event Horizon in Illinois' Political Black Hole
    3/4/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    For the Star Trek generation, the most fearful entity the Enterprise might have encountered would be a black hole...
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    Letter to the Editor: Agrees with Seiffe's analysis of HB 750
    3/4/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    Ralf's article is right on point when it comes to this hair-brained idea of raising taxes in an effort to more equitably fund education in this state [SEIFFE: HB 750: The Event Horizon in Illinois' Political Black Hole (March 3)].
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    Time is right to fix school funding mess
    3/4/2005 -

    Sun Publications
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/opinions/columnists/hernandez/hernandez4.htm
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    Letter to the Editor: Tobacco smoke and mirrors
    3/3/2005 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    I don't smoke, but I'm opposed to an increase in the tobacco tax. Illinois needs increased revenues, particularly to fund education, and the governor's proposed increase in school funding is less than inflation.
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    Chamber sets goals
    2/28/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR -- Seven legislative goals set by the Chamber of Commerce for Decatur and Macon County are aimed at supporting the needs of the businesses that largely comprise the organization.
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    Tax swap says there's got to be a better way
    2/27/2005 -

    The Star
    Sometime in the next couple of days, I will take a deep breath and then write an enormous check to the Cook County treasurer's office.
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    Tax reform advocate brings his message to Quincy
    2/27/2005 -

    Quincy Herald Whig
    Ralph Martire says the education funding system in Illinois is ineffective and unfair, and he's out to change it.
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    Shorewood to explore school bill
    2/25/2005 -

    Joliet Herald News
    Education aid: Monday session to review proposed funding reform
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    Cigarette tax just tip of iceberg as state won't face reality
    2/24/2005 -

    The Star
    Taxpayers are really going to get burned by their elected officials in Springfield this year. Headlines announcing a massive increase in cigarette taxes — a tax that already stands at nearly a dollar a pack — show just the tip of an iceberg.
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    Social service coalitions call for state revenue reform to aid tight budget
    2/23/2005 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    DECATUR - Illinois is in a financial crisis not because it is spending too much but because revenue growth is stagnant, Dia Cirillo told about 18 ministers, social service agency heads and interested persons gathered Tuesday at Central Christian Church.
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    Letter to the Editor: Education funding reform should be part of state's budget process
    2/20/2005 -

    The Star
    I have read in the newspapers about the dire fiscal situation facing the state and that is there is a "structural" problem with the state's budget.
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    Letter to the Editor: Ask lawmakers to overhaul method of funding schools
    2/19/2005 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Illinois recently received an "F" from Education Week for the way we fund public schools. Last year almost 80 percent of school districts in Illinois were deficit spending.
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    Letter to the Editor: Underfunded pensions, schools need help proposed in HB 750
    2/15/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    I have read in the newspapers about the dire fiscal situation facing the state and that is there is a "structural" problem with the state's budget.
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    GUEST OPINION: SB2/HB750 -- The Clear and Present Danger
    2/7/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    There is a band of wandering minstrels astride the roads of Illinois. Just like the home repair gypsies preying on the elderly, these minstrels are dangerous to your pocketbooks.
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    Letter to the Editor: Lurking in Senate
    2/7/2005 -

    Northwest Herald
    House Bill 750, recently transformed into Senate Bill 0002, is now known as the Education Funding Reform Act of 2005.
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    The Education Funding Reform Act of 2005: This is tax relief?
    2/2/2005 -
    Renew Illinois
    It’s the spending, stupid. Democrats just can’t help spending and increasing your taxes, their genes demand it.
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    Exposing illusions of tax relief in HB 750
    1/29/2005 -
    Elgin Courier News
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/opinions/e29van.htm
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    Anti-Tax watchdog groups to meet to plot opposition to HB 750, tax referenda
    1/25/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    Education and tax watchdog groups will meet in Carpentersville this Saturday, Jan. 29th, from 8:30am-3:00pm to discuss, among other things, how to stop the State legislature from hiking income and sales taxes by $3.8 billion (HB 750).
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    Will this be the year for school funding reform?
    1/18/2005 -

    Daily Southtown
    Blagojevich pledges to not raise taxes, but other lawmakers say passing House Bill 750 still possible Gov. Rod Blagojevich began a speech in Matteson on Monday pledging he would "not raise your income taxes."
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    Opinion: Spending gaps: The red herring of education politics
    1/14/2005 -
    Illinois Leader
    One of the key assumptions made by proponents of H.B.750 (a bill that would raise $3.8 billion in new taxes in the name of education funding reform) is that the discrepancies in school funding across school districts is a major source of achievement gap.
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    Editorial: Our Views: 2004 Editorial Agenda update
    12/26/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Leadership is key; money woes linger
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    School-funding bill 'a start'
    12/23/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Area lawmakers are hopeful better alternatives will come out of a plan for reform, House Bill 750.
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    Editorial: Bill is a detour on road to better education
    12/21/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    Soon after the first of the year, you'll begin hearing a lot about House Bill 750, which is being touted as a reform in the way elementary and secondary schools are financed in Illinois.
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    Speaker makes case for tax bill
    12/15/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Taxpayers went into Hononegah High School's Performing Arts Center and came out certain of one thing.
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    Editorial: Education reform needs action
    12/15/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Is education reform needed in Illinois? Yes. Is House Bill 750 the answer?
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    Hearings give public say on school funding
    12/14/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    The debate over House Bill 750 and Senate Amendments 1 and 2 is being overseen by the Senate Education Committee.Among other components of the bill is a means to relieve the property tax burden by increasing income taxes and expanding sales taxes on personal services, entertainment and other consumer services.
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    Carlinville school chief speaks out for reform proposal
    12/14/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    Here are excerpts from testimony presented last week to the Illinois Senate Education Committee by Carlinville Superintendent Mike Collins, regarding House Bill 750 and Senate amendments 1 and 2.
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    Forum tonight on bill to revise school funding
    12/14/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Folks in the Rock River Valley know about budget cuts and failed school referendums. Tonight, they can learn about one potential fix.
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    Bill offers ideas for reforming education funding
    12/13/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    A handful of state lawmakers is leading the effort to educate Illinoisans about proposed legislation that would reduce the state’s reliance on property taxes to fund public education.
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    Support builds for school funding change
    12/12/2004 -

    Alton Telegraph
    After decades of seeing efforts to reform school funding in Illinois fail, proponents of several measures say they hope Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the General Assembly will help create a new funding system that doesn’t rely so heavily on property taxes.
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    So we say "It's about the kids"
    12/11/2004
    When education funding reform debate heats up, it usually means hold onto your wallet and clutch your purse.
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    H.B.750: The Truth about Tax and Education Funding Reform
    12/10/2004 -
    Illinois Policy Institute
    H.B.750: The Truth about Tax and Education Funding Reform
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    School boards across state vote support for aims of House bill that would increase funding
    12/9/2004 -

    Decatur Herald & Review
    School board members from districts statewide voted Nov. 20 to support the aims of House Bill 750.
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    Illinois school funding board MIA
    12/8/2004 -

    Chicago Sun-Times
    School funding reform, a hot potato issue in Illinois politics for the last two decades, is getting hotter.
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    Carlinville: Have you heard? Senate hearing in your area!
    12/7/2004
    Thursday is your chance to be a part of democracy in action. The Senate Education Committee is coming to you to hear your thoughts on HB 750.
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    Editorial: Citizens should join in school funding discussion
    12/7/2004 -

    Southern Illinoisan
    An important town meeting on the future of school funding will be held at 7 p.m. today at John A. Logan College.
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    Funding solutions?
    12/5/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Rock River Valley students have felt the consequences of financial shortfalls facing districts around the state.
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    Editorial: Lessons of failed school-funding bill
    11/30/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Impediments to school finance reform in Illinois are so numerous, varied and substantial that the chance of reaching political consensus is small, no matter how skillfully the effort is finessed.
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    Letter to the Editor: Tired
    11/29/2004 -
    Illinois Leader
    This is in regards to Kim Klein's letter in the November 16th Illinois Leader about the "preferred method" of HB750 and education funding reform opponents. [ "Spinning the spin on HB 750" on Tuesday, November 16, 2004]
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    NFIB Prepares to Fight Tax Hikes
    11/29/2004 -
    Illinois State Report
    The Illinois legislature could consider a bill that would raise income and service taxes in exchange for property tax relief and greater education funding.
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    School funding debate a political hot potato
    11/29/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    A recent push to come up with a better way to fund public schools in Illinois might have had unintended results.
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    Effort to change how state finances schools is growing
    11/26/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    A few Sundays ago, the Rockford Register Star Editorial Board challenged local school districts to combine forces and lobby the General Assembly and the governor for a change in the way schools in Illinois are financed.
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    School funding reform gets more support
    11/23/2004
    Two statewide education groups are endorsing a school funding reform proposal, another sign that legislators are facing unprecedented pressure to tackle the issue in the spring.
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    Letter to the Editor: Keep an eye on House bill that could help education
    11/22/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    When it comes to taxes and school spending, there is much to be concerned about if you live in Illinois.
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    Letter to the Editor: Legislation would help kids, seniors
    11/17/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    The losers in the Nov. 2 elections were the public school children across Illinois. Voters in this state rejected two of every three school funding referendum requests.
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    Letter to the Editor: Spinning the spin on HB 750
    11/16/2004

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    House bill would change school funding
    11/12/2004 -

    Sun Publications
    Like any good economist, Ralph Martire filled his big, white notepad with a series of numbers.
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    Letter to the Editor: Disputes story on tax increase bill
    11/12/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    In your article "Forum puts taxes 'front and center' " (Nov. 4), you gave a biased account of the Nov. 3 Richton Park meeting, sponsored by the Matteson Area Chamber of Commerce and Rich Township High School District 227.
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    Group concerned with school funding
    11/9/2004 -

    Macomb Journal
    Officials with A+ Illinois claim there is more reason to be concerned about the future of education in Illinois.
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    Hot topics will be on ice at Capitol in state's fall session
    11/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    One of the hottest campaign issues will be a non-issue when lawmakers today return to the Capitol.
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    Pleas for more school funding fall short at the polls
    11/5/2004
    Illinois voters rejected two of every three school funding referendums this election, sending administrators back to carve deeper into cash-strapped budgets and renewing pleas for more money from Springfield.
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    Students first, taxes last
    11/2/2004
    Experts discuss public school funding solutions with Will County residents
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    Plainfield School Funding Forum Remarks by Ron Gidwitz
    11/2/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    Remarks by Ronald J. Gidwitz President & Founder, Students First Illinois Fmr. Chairman, Illinois State Board of Education
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    Letter to the Editor: Urges governor to back tax swap
    11/1/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I write in support of, and request your support of, HB 750, Senate Amendments 1 and 2, raising the Illinois income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and expanding our sales tax base.
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    Letter to the Editor: Watch out for those "it's for the kids" bills
    10/25/2004
    The Friday October 22, 2004 Illinoisleader.com "help taxpayer" article by Jim Peschke about the damages to be caused by HB750 alerts us for urgent attention ["GUEST OPINION: HB 750 is bad news for Illinois schools says taxpayer advocate,". It addresses the true uncontrolled overspending problem of school districts.
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    Morris High may gain education cash
    10/21/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    House bill pending: District would boost its revenue from state by nearly $1.7 million
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    Letter to the Editor: 'Too complicated'
    10/14/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    What exactly is state Sen. Pamela Althoff's position on House Bill 750 and education funding?
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    Grade school chief resigns in Morris
    10/14/2004
    After serving as superintendent of the Morris Grade School District for the past 18 years, Michael Wright submitted his resignation to the school board Tuesday.
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    Illinois lawmakers weigh plan for funding education
    10/13/2004 -

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Education advocates hope that the latest proposal to overhaul the way Illinois schools are funded will end the perennial squabbling on how to fix the system.
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    Education funding proposal stirring ire
    10/8/2004
    The controversy surrounding an income tax increase being touted as an education funding plan has become a lightning rod for some state lawmakers seeking re-election.
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    Candidates share school fund ideas
    10/8/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Republican state Rep. Ruth Munson and Democrat attorney Michael Noland are vying for the Illinois House seat for the 43rd legislative district.
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    School funding reform criticized in Joliet
    10/7/2004 -

    Joliet Herald News
    State hearing: Opponents speak out at JT Central JOLIET — A proposal to improve school funding by revamping the state's tax structure drew a handful of outspoken critics to a legislative hearing on Wednesday.
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    School officials favor tax shift
    10/6/2004 -

    Chicago Tribune
    Consolidated High School District 230 officials have endorsed legislation pending in Springfield that would shift more of the burden for education funding to income and sales taxes.
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    Testimony on House Bill 750
    10/6/2004 -
    Students First Illinois
    I am here because I am a passionate advocate for public education. I firmly believe that public education is the great equalizer that enables everyone, who so desires, to pursue a fulfilling life as a productive and responsible citizen.
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    Letter to the Editor: Tax swap proposal has flaws
    10/5/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    I'm writing in response to an article appearing in the Daily Southtown last month regarding some school boards supporting House Bill 750, which proposes many changes in the school funding situation in the state.
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    Measure could alter education funding
    9/29/2004 -

    Peoria Journal Star
    Fabish says bill would raise state income tax A measure being considered for the General Assembly's fall veto session could "change the way we fund education from property taxes to some kind of income tax," District 150 interim Superintendent Chuck Fabish said Tuesday.
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    District 205 adopts improved budget
    9/29/2004 -

    Galesburg Register-Mail
    Deficit lower than expected in June The District 205 Board of Education adopted a final 2004-2005 budget Monday that appears to be better than the tentative budget approved in July.
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    Educators, lawmakers look to improve school funding
    9/29/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The table decorations were made by art students and the cookies by family and consumer science and culinary arts students.
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    Lincoln school draws on reserves for budget
    9/21/2004 -

    Bloomington Pantagraph
    The Lincoln Community High School board is drawing down district reserves to balance its $9.3 million budget.
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    Letter to the Editor: Join local education forum on Sept. 28
    9/21/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    With the new school year begun, much has been written about the dismal condition of our public schools and who is to blame.
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    LTE: Forum planned on school funding
    9/16/2004 -

    Daily Herald
    Change is needed in the way we fund public schools: Some 80 percent of Illinois public schools are operating at a deficit. Currently, the idea of fiscal reform is gaining momentum with proposed legislation.
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    Schools stand up for funding proposal
    9/14/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    A slew of school boards across the state have passed resolutions in recent weeks supporting House Bill 750, the latest attempt to shift the burden for school funding in the state away from the property tax.
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    LTE: Tax education
    9/10/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    In a time when Americans are earning less and losing their health insurance, school-employee benefits continue to climb.
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    LTE: Union extortion
    9/9/2004 -

    Northwest Herald
    The teachers unions are waging a campaign to increase taxes, transfer millions of tax dollars into their pockets, and reduce local control of schools.
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    Parkland to host school funding forum
    9/4/2004 -

    Champaign News Gazette
    The legislator failed to show up for "Take a Legislator to School" day, but organizers turned the event into a preview of a school funding forum to be held at Parkland College Sept. 9.
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    Advocates rally for school funding reform
    9/3/2004 -

    Galesburg Register-Mail
    The way public schools are funded in Illinois could change for the first time in recent history if school-funding reform advocates get their wish.
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    Editorial: Illinois school finances a mess, need to be fixed
    9/2/2004 -

    Rockford Register Star
    Without taking sides in the Harlem School District labor dispute, we have to say that the strike situation illustrates the bind in which the majority of Illinois districts find themselves.
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    8/31/2004 -
    Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
    Learn more about the costs and benefits of the latest proposal to reform school funding according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
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    Schools funding needs fixing: panel
    8/22/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Town meeting tries to hash out solution to state education crisis
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    EDITORIAL: School funding crisis focus of public forum
    8/19/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    Community leaders from throughout the Southland will gather tonight at Prairie State College for a town meeting on the Illinois school funding crisis.
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    Forum focuses on school funding
    8/2/2004 -

    Daily Southtown
    What will it take to change the way Illinois schools are funded, improve schools statewide and attain equitable education for all?
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