There’s agreement that Illinois’ school funding formula needs an overhaul, but it could take a while for legislators to agree on the right approach. Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) was one of the legislators who came out strongly against a Democrat-sponsored proposal last year, which she says pitted regions of the state against each other for public school funding.
“Senate Bill 16 absolutely gutted the Chicago suburbs,” Radogno said. “You can’t solve a problem in this state by just gutting one area.”
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While that bill never made it to a vote in the House, Radogno says it won’t be the end of the discussion on changing the formula. How quickly it can get done will be determined by how much of a change legislators want to make. If it’s a comprehensive overhaul, such as the one proposed by S.B. 16, Radogno says the new governor may have to lead the way.