The way Illinois pays for elementary and secondary education is again a topic for talk at the Capitol, with State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) again shepherding a bill to change to a more need-based formula. Tuesday's stop was an Illinois House education appropriations committee, quizzing Manar about his bill and its effects.

To fully optimize your new formula, said State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), what type of increase would you be looking at for Fiscal Year 2016?


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To answer your question, I'm not prepared to tell you what it is, answered Manar. To me, the more important conversation is how can we spend the money better, and better means (determining) how do we get better results than we have today.

It is almost in many ways (that) the chickens are coming home to roost, observed State Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields). I have affluent districts (saying)We're losing money! What are you going to do to save us? (I tell them,) Now you are sort of seeing how the other half lives.

A version of the bill last year passed the Senate but did not come up in the House.

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