Illinois Senate passes Education Funding Reform Bill

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate voted to pass the Education Reform Bill 38-13 Tuesday. 

This comes less than 24 hours after the House did the same. Governor Bruce Rauner has said he will sign the bill into law. 

Here's a look at how Central Illinois lawmakers voted:

  • Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) - yes
  • Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) - yes
  • Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) - no
  • Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) - yes

Comptroller Susana Mendoza released the following statement:

I thank legislators in both Houses from both parties for coming together to pass this historic bill to put school funding on a long-overdue path to equity in Illinois. Educators and most importantly parents and children everywhere in Illinois can finally exhale and have confidence that their schools will open and stay open. I have prepared my Office to release an estimated $540 million in General State Aid owed to schools for the month of August as soon as the Governor signs the bill and after the State Board of Education transmits these vouchers to my Office. It is anticipated these payments will be issued within the next few days. My best wishes to all Illinois school children for a safe and productive school year.

Governor Rauner added, “This is just the beginning of transforming education funding. I want Illinois to be the No. 1 state in the nation for education. Nothing is more important than educating our children.”


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