ongoing budget impasse

Yet another plan to address the state’s lopsided school funding structure has been filed. This measure would freeze funding at current levels for all districts including Chicago Public Schools.  When new revenue becomes available, it would be handed out based on each district’s demographics and needs, giving more to districts struggling financially. 

Eric Zarnikow is in charge of Illinois’ program to help low-income students pay college tuition, known as MAP grants. He cheered yesterday when Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed increasing MAP funding by 10 percent, saying it could accommodate 12,000 more students, or increase the size of the grants.

But one thing the proposal does not do is pay for MAP students in school today.

 

Illinois' attorney general says she will appeal a judge ruling denying her request to stop paying state workers unless lawmakers resolve an ongoing budget impasse.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Illinois Constitution requires an enacted appropriation for state spending.