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Forby: Southern Illinois schools need better K-12 funding (VIDEO, AUDIO)

At a press conference at the Capitol on Thursday, State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) joined State Representative’s Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and John Bradley (D-Marion) in speaking out about the need for better K-12 funding.

Sen. Forby released the following statement:

“Our district has been hit as hard as any other place in Illinois. The state shut our prisons down, they shut our juvenile detention centers down, now they want to shut our schools down. Schools are our last straw. They talk about downsizing our prisons - well, you’re not going to downsize our prisons if you shut our schools down."

"If you throw our kids out in the streets, where are they going to go? We need education and we need to pass a budget. We have voted on several budgets and we are ready to vote on another budget. We have to make sure we take care of our kids.”

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