Schools worry about covering teacher pension costs
The school officials testified Thursday at a special hearing called by House Speaker Michael Madigan. The Chicago Democrat says suburban and downstate districts get a "free lunch" because the state pays their teacher pension costs. He says Illinois is in grave financial trouble and the districts must be part of the solution.
The administrators say potential tax increases would depend on how much money districts have and how much of the burden the state shifts to districts. Public university representatives also testified Thursday. They say the change could result in a 2 percent tuition increase.
Madigan has vowed to address the issue before the General Assembly adjourns.
See other LocalNews news:Centralia City Council Backs Vehicle Tows From Housing Authority Areas
Fire Damages Rural Cartter Home
Centralia City Council Tightens Ordinances on Animal Cruelty and Home Day Care
KC Moves Money Due To Budget Impasse
Mexican Drug Lord Files Appeals Against Extradition