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Kankakee area schools would see increased state funding under Senate plan

hutchinson mediaSPRINGFIELD – Kankakee-area schools would see more than $5.5 million more in state funding next year under a plan being considered tomorrow in the Illinois Senate.

“Investing in the future success of our students starts with ensuring our classrooms are well-equipped and ready to train the leaders of tomorrow,” supporter State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) said. “Increasing state funding for school districts not only accomplishes this goal but also takes the pressure off communities with little property wealth to draw resources from.”

Under the plan being considered, Kankakee School District 111 would see a $4,556,749 increase, Bradley School District 61 would see a $469,701 increase, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School would see a $399,546 increase and Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53 would see a $282,688 increase.

“Many school districts would not be able to open on time this year without receiving their state payments,” Hutchinson said. “This plan brings stability to families and teachers and ensures schools open on time this fall.”

The proposal is expected to be debated and called for a vote tomorrow when the Senate returns to Springfield.

Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson


40th District

Years served: 
2009 - 2019

Committee assignments: Executive; Judiciary; Public Health; Revenue (Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Special Issues.

Biography: Full-time state legislator; Born May 20, 1973; Graduated University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor in English; Olympia Fields Village Clerk from 2002-2006; Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Management Program; Women and Power, 2004; Former Chief of Staff to State Senator Debbie Halvorson; Lives in Olympia Fields with husband, Paul, and 3 children.

Associated Representatives:
Anthony DeLuca
Lindsay Parkhurst