SPRINGFIELD — Legislation aimed at changing the way Ilinois public schools are funded cleared the Ilinois Senate on Tuesday, but likely will face a more hostile House.
SB 16, sponsored by Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, was approved, 32-19. Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, voted for the measure, but Republican Sens. Chapin Rose of Mahomet, Dale Righter of Mattoon and Jason Barickman and Bill Brady, both of Bloomington, voted against it.
Under projections released earlier this month by the State Board of Elections, most school districts in East Central Illinois would benefit from the revision. Danville would gain about $5 million and Urbana would receive about $4 million more, but the Champaign Unit 4 district would lose about $770,000. Suburban school districts would be the biggest losers of state aid.
But the original bill has been amended, and it was unclear Tuesday what effect it would have on individual districts.
For the most part, Republicans opposed the bill, although some, including Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont, voted present.
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