CHICAGO — Illinois' landmark school funding reform legislation represents compromise between Democrats and Republicans and is the result of years of hard work and grassroots advocacy, State Senator Andy Manar said during a bill-signing ceremony in Chicago.

Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, is the chief sponsor of the measure, which was signed into law Aug. 31 at a Chicago elementary school by Gov. Bruce Rauner

"This legislation ends the least equitable system of school funding in the country. We know that. We indicted the system," said Manar, a longtime proponent of overhauling Illinois' worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. "We put something in place that would correct all of the ills that surround it, and it is proof that even in a polarized system grassroots advocacy works."

Manar added that the legislation wages a war on poverty in classrooms throughout Illinois.

"It ends a great racial divide that we have in this state. We know that in Illinois there is no greater divide between investment in minority students and investment in their white counterparts. That is a stain on our state. The governor's signature is giong to correct that," he said. "It also stares down rural poverty. This bill wlll put resources in the poorest classrooms in rural counties in southern Illinois."

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