School Officials Praise Lawmakers Approving Tax Increases

Jul 5, 2017

More than a dozen school superintendents gathered in the statehouse today to thank lawmakers who went out on a limb to raise taxes and send more money to schools.

Credit Flickr user Brent Hoard "ECU School of Education Class Room" (CC BY 2.0)

That gratitude was also their way of nudging lawmakers not to change their votes Thursday, when the House of Representatives will try to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget veto.

Jeff Craig, superintendent of Aurora West schools, admonished lawmakers with something a teacher might tell students about their classroom or playground.

“I would strongly encourage all of our legislators and our governor to remember that however long or short their term is, that they leave the state of Illinois better than they found it,” Craig said.

Under the budget plan, the individual income tax rate would rise from its current level of 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent.​