State Journal

Cavanagh, Sean
April 2003
Education Week;4/9/2003, Vol. 22 Issue 30, p22
On April 1, 2003 voters across Illinois agreed to raise taxes for schools, or support education-centered bond measures, in 51 of 114 local ballot initiatives. In a state where the financial outlook for hundreds of schools ranges from fairly troubling to downright calamitous, education advocates seemed at least slightly heartened by those results. In a state of uncertainty dictated by the U.S.-led war in Iraq and a stock market that is picking up and falling, preliminary results showed voters passing 42 out of 92 tax referendums. They approved nine of 22 bond measures. According to Lee Milner, a spokesman for the state board of education, April 1 saw the greatest number of local school district tax measure the state has had since 1993 .


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