By design, Illinois places an outsized reliance on revenue from local property taxes to fund schools. That has led to dramatic increases in property taxes across the state while also creating a worst in the nation gap in funding between rich and poor districts.
Three members of Congress - Peter Roskam, Mike Bost and Jan Schakowsky - collect pensions from their time in Springfield; Cheri Bustos' husband earns a public salary greater than $100,000 while cashing a $67,000 pension.
Despite a clear lack of specific details from the President-elect, a BGA analysis shows that Chicago could lose at least $3.6 billion in federal aid in 2017 if Donald Trump follows through on his campaign promises.
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