Hutchinson votes to increase funding for Kankakee-area schoolsSPRINGFIELD – With Kankakee students finishing the final week of school this week, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights) supported a plan that will provide increased funding to area school districts when students return in the fall.  

“Increasing state funding for our schools is an investment in our economy’s future,” Hutchinson said. “With school districts relying heavily on local resources, increasing state aid also ensures we are not increasing the property tax burden on working families.”

Kankakee-area schools would see a nearly $3 million increase in state funding under the plan, including:

•    $2.2 million increase for Kankakee School District 111;
•    $280,000 increase for Bradley School District No. 61;
•    $216,000 increase for Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53;
•    $193,000 increase for Pembroke CC School District 259; and
•    $86,000 increase for Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School District 307

“This plan represents the largest investment in public education in state history,” Hutchinson said. “I urge the governor to follow through on his pledge to make Illinois more competitive by ensuring our students are well-educated and prepared for the jobs of the future.”

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