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Governor To Sign School Funding Package

After almost a year of fighting over school funding, Governor Bruce Rauner isn't even waiting two days to sign the state's new school funding agreement into law. The governor will put his signature on the plan to create a new funding formula this afternoon at 2:30 in Chicago. The governor and Democratic lawmakers say the plan is 'historic,' though critics say there are a lot of things that they don't like about the package.

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School Bus crash, St. Anne woman faces DUI

A 27-year-old St. Anne woman faces several traffic charges, including DUI, after a crash Tuesday between her car and a school bus.  Briana Bobrokowski crossed the centerline of Illinois Route 1 in Kankakee County, hitting the school bus. Nineteen children on the bus were not injured.  They were relocated to the St. Anne Elementary School and released to their parents.

Bobrokowki was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and reckless conduct.  She also is charged with driving without insurance, improper lane usage, leegal cellphone use, driving in the wrong lane, failure to signal and failure to reduce speed.  The bus driver was not injured.

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Barickman supports historic school funding

Springfield – A historic bipartisan agreement to replace the state's broken school funding formula with a more fair and equitable evidence-based model has now passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, according to State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

"My goal has always been to put together a school funding reform measure that fairly and equitably funds all schools," said Senator Barickman. "The Governor’s signature is now the only remaining step to making that happen and replacing our state's antiquated system for funding schools."

The new agreement utilizes an evidence-based model to distribute funding to schools, a requirement of the recently passed budget. If signed into law as anticipated, schools will soon begin receiving their state funding.

Senator Barickman was the first legislator to introduce evidence-based school funding legislation back in the spring of 2015. The legislation was an attempt to fix the state's woefully outdated funding mechanism with a system that sends dollars to where they are needed most, and where the funding has the best chance of ensuring the success of students. Barickman’s legislation provided an alternative to competing bills that preserved the status quo of taking funding away from some schools and redistributing it to others.


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...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS (Tuesday) MORNING... The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Dense Fog Advisory, which is in effect until 9 AM CDT this morning. * VISIBILITY...One quarter mile or less. * IMPACTS...Low visibility will result in hazardous driving conditions and longer travel times.
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Governor, Speaker Madigan applaud passage of House vote in favor of education

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan spoke in favor of the House vote to support educational funding support.

Governor Rauner said "Today, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted to bring historic education reform to Illinois children and their families. I want to thank Speaker Madigan, Leader Durkin and their staff members for finding common ground that will reverse the inequities of our current school funding system.

"Aligned with the framework provided by the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission – a bipartisan, bicameral working group chaired by the Secretary of Education – this bill has much to celebrate. First, every district in Illinois will have an adequacy target based on 27 elements brought forth through an “evidence-based model” of school funding. Second, new state funds will be distributed to ensure that those districts with the largest gap between current spending and adequacy will be funded first. Third, no district will lose state funding as compared to last year.

"The compromise includes the much-needed flexibility for school districts through mandate relief, while providing avenues for property tax relief. It increases transparency related to how districts are funded through local, state and federal resources.

"It protects the rights of parents to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children – providing more school choice for children from low-income families. By setting yearly minimum funding targets, this bill also ensures that Illinois will continue to invest in our most important resource – our children’s education.

House Speaker Mike Madigan echoed Governor Rauner saying, Today we saw compromise. Instead of pitting children and communities against each other, Democrats and Republicans came to an agreement on much of what’s in this bill. And even where we don’t fully agree, we’re willing to work together in good faith and meet each other half way.

“This bill provides the same promise of permanent funding for our schools as Senate Bill 1, with some additional items included at the request of Republicans. Even if all members did not agree with 100 percent of what is in the final bill, this bill still delivers 100 percent of what schools throughout Illinois need. This bill is a permanent promise of more funding for schools statewide. Every district in Illinois wins under this plan.

“Through compromise, we’ve included some provisions that many members would not have supported on their own. But a package that permanently provides more money for Illinois schools and puts us closer than ever to fixing Illinois’ broken school funding system is too important to let partisan differences get in the way.”

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