Rep. Wheeler Co-Sponsors Resolution Opposing SB16

State Representative Barbara Wheeler is helping lead the fight against a devastating rewrite of the school funding formula that would strip away most general state aid from McHenry and Lake County school districts.

Wheeler, along with State Representatives Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) and Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), are sponsoring House Resolution 1276, which denounces SB16 and the damaging consequences it would have on most suburban school districts. The resolution also expresses support for comprehensive education funding reform that is fair to all parties.

“SB 16 is a quick-fix attempt to channel hard-earned tax dollars away from suburban schools and channel it to the Chicago Public Schools and to other struggling districts,” said Wheeler. “I recognize and support the need for comprehensive and fair education funding reform, but SB16 would fund struggling districts through an undue burden on the property taxpayers in the suburbs. It’s unfair and unacceptable.”

SB16 passed in the Illinois Senate during the final days of the Spring legislative session but was not called for a vote in the House of Representatives. House Democrats have been meeting with education advocacy groups over the summer to discuss SB16 and it is likely that a revised version of the bill will surface during the General Assembly’s November veto session.

“I am hopeful that legislators are interested in taking the necessary time and effort to properly address education funding shortfalls in a way that is fair and equitable,” said Wheeler. “SB16, as it currently is written, would have a devastating impact on our local schools and lead to widespread teacher layoffs and/or costly referendums to raise taxes locally. I know we can do better.”

You may read the full text of the resolution here.

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