Just days after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a new education funding formula into law, his handpicked education chief announced her departure.

The Chicago Public Schools chief talks about the challenges facing the school system.

The state’s education secretary said Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed with 90 percent of the education funding bill known as SB1. Then he vetoed it. We discuss education funding reform with Beth Purvis.

The head of the Chicago Teachers Union joins us with a report on the first day of school.


At long last, Illinois has tossed its old method of funding schools in exchange for a formula that aims to send more state money to the poorer districts that need it most.

The Illinois House Republican leader speaks with Carol Marin about the school funding compromise and other battles in Springfield.


Exactly how much more money can Chicago homeowners expect to pay to fund Chicago teacher pensions?


Inside Illinois’ plan and how other states run the controversial program

What role should the state have in private school education? A look at Illinois’ plan and how other states run the controversial program.


The Illinois Senate has passed a new education funding measure that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will sign into law.

It took three roll call votes Monday before an education funding bill passed in the Illinois House. In the end, there was still division on both sides of the aisle. We speak to lawmakers who voted for and against the measure.

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A day of drama in the Illinois House ended Monday night with a passage of bipartisan education funding legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will “quickly” sign into law should the Senate pass the package on Tuesday.

The head of the Chicago Board of Education on Monday put his full support behind the state education funding reform deal on the table in Springfield, saying it represents a big step toward putting Chicago Public Schools on solid fiscal ground.

Gov. Bruce Rauner may say a controversial cartoon published by the Illinois Policy Institute has nothing to do with him, but his response may have led to another staff shake-up.


After days of meetings and months of debate, an agreement has been reached on education funding reform in Springfield. What we know about the deal.

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Illinois’ top legislators will meet Thursday to continue hammering out a deal on education funding, even as a controversy continues to swirl over an editorial cartoon that backs one of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s positions.

Speakers at a CPS-led public hearing Wednesday repeatedly called on board members to vote down the district’s budget proposal, and instead advocate more strongly for sustainable funding.