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Lawsuit claims Illinois' education funding system is unconstitutional and unfair to taxpayers

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[March 25, 2010]  CHICAGO (AP) -- Two Illinoisans are suing the State Board of Education and Gov. Pat Quinn, claiming the way the state funds schools is unfair to taxpayers.

HardwarePublic 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 County.

BPI attorneys say the funding system violates the state constitution's equal protection clause.

Spokesmen for the school board and Quinn declined to comment.

[Associated Press]

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