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The Illinois State Board of Education is giving taxpayers a chance to weigh in on school funding in the next state budget.

The board said Monday it is launching a series of public hearings to gather feedback.

Officials say hearings can provide insight into local priorities and put a face on the two million students in Illinois public schools.

State government provides about 30% of school money in Illinois. Local funds account for 55% and federal aid covers the rest.

The State Board of Education has consistently recommended increased education spending, but Illinois has cut funds by $650 million the last few years.

Hearings are scheduled for Springfield, Edwardsville, Champaign, Wheeling and Chicago.

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