SchoolChildrenI'm inviting you to a special town hall meeting in Springfield this evening (Thursday, July 13) to learn more about the push for fair school funding in Illinois and what you can do to encourage Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a landmark reform measure that will land on his desk soon.

The event is sponsored by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good. It is free and open to the public.

Senate Bill 1 passed in both houses of the legislature May 31. It would establish an evidence-based model for funding public education and ensure that schools throughout the state open on time without interruption this fall.

In addition, should Senate Bill 1 become law, it would clear the way for lawmakers to begin taking a serious look at the state’s unfair property tax system. Because of Illinois’ badly flawed school funding formula, school districts depend too heavily on local property taxes for support. This overreliance not only perpetuates high property taxes, it contributes to school funding disparities and significant student achievement gaps among school districts.

Illinois can do better. Learn more about the options by joining us at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., Springfield.

This town hall will include:

  • A presentation about the evidence-based school funding model and Senate Bill 1.
  • Speakers who will share facts about Senate Bill 1, which provides dollars to the state’s neediest school districts without taking money from other districts. In other words, no more winners and losers in Illinois.
  • An opportunity to ask questions and to find out more about how to urge Gov. Rauner to cement his legacy as Illinois’ “education governor” by doing what’s right for all Illinois schoolchildren and signing Senate Bill 1 into law.

Despite statewide support for Senate Bill 1 and broad acknowledgement that our school funding formula is the worst in the nation, Gov. Rauner has pledged to veto Senate Bill 1 because he agrees with only 90 percent of the legislation. It’s disheartening that we’ve come this far in the fight to fix the formula only to be thwarted by partisan politics.

I hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity Thursday at Union Baptist Church. For more information about Senate Bill 1, visit and the school funding reform section of my website.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 13
Where: Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., Springfield
What: Town hall on fair school funding and Senate Bill 1, sponsored by the Faith Coalition for the Common Good. Free and open to the public.

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