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In four years of medical school, Illinois Director of Public Health Ngozi Ezike didn’t have to treat a single case of measles.

The World Health Organization certified the United States measles free in the year 2000. But after an outbreak in New York that started last year, the US came dangerously close to losing the designation.

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Illinois’s new school funding plan — approved in August and hailed as a historic change — relies on the legislature to give every school the same state aid it got last year, plus push another $350 million through a new formula. That $350 million is crucial because it’s the part designed to address the inequity that has plagued Illinois schools for decades.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, wants to make sure lawmakers don't skip that step. She filed a measure Monday tying it to a tax break for those who provide private school scholarships.

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Illinois is preparing to launch a pilot program to test out tax credits for donors to private school scholarships. The five-year, $75 million program served as a bargaining chip drawing Republican support to the education funding reform bill that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed last month. But less has been said about how it will actually work.

One person interested in how the private school tax credits will work is Mike Chitty, superintendent of Judah Christian School a 500-student pre-school-through high school in Champaign.