State May Take Over School Districts In North Chicago, East St. LouisThe school districts in North Chicago and downstate East St. Louis are a step away from a state takeover.
Big Raises Mean Big Pension Penalties At Suburban SchoolsSuburban school districts are pushing back hard against a 2005 state law that was meant to rein in Illinois' skyrocketing pension costs.
Conservative Group Presents Alternative State Budget PlanA conservative think tank has proposed an alternative state budget that would cut wages for state employees by 10 percent; require retired workers to pay for their own health care premiums; and force local school districts to fund teacher pensions, instead of the state.
Quinn Announces $623M In Construction Funds For SchoolsMore than 30 Illinois school districts will split $623 million in state construction funding to repair and update aging facilities, under a program announced Thursday.
State Awards Nearly $900,000 For School Arts ProgramsPrograms that some would call “extras” could make a difference for Illinois’ young people.
Madigan: School Districts Should Start Contributing To Teacher PensionsIllinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says local school districts haven’t been paying into their teachers’ retirement systems, and he thinks it may be high time that they did.
Illinois Leads Nation In Single-School DistrictsNearly one-quarter of Illinois school districts contain just a single school, and they spend significantly more to educate each child.
Quinn Criticized For Plan To Merge School DistrictsGov. Pat Quinn is drawing criticism for a proposal to cut the state’s costs by merging school districts.
Governor Pushing For Merger Of School DistrictsGov. Pat Quinn has proposed a plan to merge the state's current 868 school districts into no more than 300, a move aimed at saving $100 million.
Quinn Wants To Borrow Billions, Consolidate School DistrictsWith an income tax hike already in effect, Gov. Pat Quinn has presented a budget plan that would not raise any new taxes or fees, but would still cut state aide to the poor, reduce a number of services and borrow billions of dollars to pay overdue bills.