Public schools in Illinois are funded mostly through property taxes.
The state sets minimum funding levels per student, with specified
tax rates for districts.
But the lawsuit argues that residents in
poorer areas have to pay a higher tax rate to reach the funding
levels than those in wealthier school districts because their
property is worth less.
Attorneys with Sidley Austin and Business and Professional People
for the Public Interest filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Sangamon
BPI attorneys say the funding system violates the state
constitution's equal protection clause.
Spokesmen for the school board and Quinn declined to comment.
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