NORTHLAKE, Ill. – In an effort to fix Illinois’ outdated school funding formula, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, helped pass legislation that changes the current method of education funding and brings more money to local schools.

“The disparity between wealthy and struggling school districts is growing due to our flawed funding formula,” Willis said. “The plan I support will increase state funding for schools in Addison, Bensenville and Melrose Park. This will give our schools the tools they need to ensure all students in our community can receive a world-class education.”

Willis helped pass Senate Bill 1, which makes data driven changes to the state’s school funding formula. The new formula takes into account various factors including teacher to pupil ratio, technology costs, the number of low-income students and English learners. Additionally, the legislation factors in the ability for local taxpayers to contribute to school districts. This means that more financial assistance and state money will go to districts with greater need.

“Not a single district in the state will lose money under the new formula,” Willis said. “Schools in our community will receive over $3 million in additional funding that will lead to reduced class sizes, improvements in technology and better access to resources for English language learners. Students, teachers and the community as a whole will benefit from this vital reform.”

For more information, contact Willis’ full-time constituent service office at 708-562-6970 or email

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