Winger appointed to Illinois School Funding Reform Commission

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On Tuesday, Rep. Christine Winger (R—Wood Dale) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin to serve on the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission formed by Governor Rauner. Members of the bipartisan commission were each hand-selected by their legislative leaders to work on ways to improve the State’s school funding formula.

“For the sake of our children we must find a way for the State to invest more in our schools and at the same time reduce the property tax burden on their families,” said Winger. “Education is a primary obligation that the State has neglected for far too long. I'm thankful for this opportunity to improve educational outcomes for all Illinois children.”

The Governor tasked the commission with recommending a mechanism by which Illinois can reform its education funding formula thereby ensuring every child obtains the highest quality education.

The Commission is composed of five designees from the Administration and each of the legislative leaders. Secretary of Education Beth Purvis will be one of the Governor’s designees and will serve as the Commission’s chairperson. In addition, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Chairman Rev. James Meeks will serve as a liaison between ISBE and the Commission.

“Rep. Winger is a strong advocate for education funding reform,” said Durkin. “That coupled with her unique position not only representing the 2nd largest school district in the state but also several smaller suburban districts, makes hers a voice we need on this commission.”

The Commission is to report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly by February 1, 2017, providing time for legislation to be acted upon before the school year begins in the Fall of 2017.