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  • Update from Senator Weaver: July 21

    SPRINGFIELD, IL –To avoid creating an unnecessary crisis for Illinois schools, Senate Republicans are calling on the Senate Democrat majority to remove their parliamentary hold on Senate Bill 1, an evidence-based school funding measure, so that the governor can issue an amendatory veto that would make it fair and equitable to all 852 Illinois school districts. Also this week, new legislation was signed into law to ensure life-saving treatments for children... read more...
  • Update from Senator Weaver: Budget

    The state’s two-year budget impasse came to a temporary end this week as the General Assembly, despite vetoes by Gov. Bruce Rauner and objections by a majority of Republican legislators, passed a budget that contained a permanent 32 percent income tax increase, while failing to incorporate any meaningful government reforms... read more...
  • Senator Weaver statement on budget vote

    “Once again, just as major progress was made at the negotiating table on real bipartisan solutions, Democrats walked away to run their own unbalanced budget bill. This budget plan is unbalanced, won’t reduce the massive bill backlog..." read more...
  • New school funding legislation offers better funding for every local district

    State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) is encouraging families to check out the results of school funding reform legislation that is being discussed in Springfield, including new compromise legislation, Senate Bill 1124, that helps every school district in Illinois... read more...
  • Compromise education funding proposal is better for all schools

    Analysis from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) clearly shows that all local schools would receive more financial help under a recent compromise school funding bill sponsored by State Senator Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria). The legislation is designed to fix the state’s broken school aid formula and provide a more equitable system for all 852 Illinois schools. The legislation is part of the recently introduced “Capitol Compromise” aimed at breaking the budget impasse and reforming state gove read more...

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Education Funding Reform


Senate Bill 1 passed the Illinois General Assembly by a partisan vote. Since then, Democrat leaders have held the bill in the Senate instead of sending it to the Governor. In it's current form, the legislation diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from 851 Illinois schools and sends it to Chicago. Senator Weaver urges Senate leaders to send the bill to the Governor so he can use his amendatory veto power to turn the legislation into a fairer plan for all Illinois schools. Under this plan, all schools would receive significant help from the state with no school losing any funding.

Click here to see how your school would fare under our plan.

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