The days of driving by a public school with the scrolling marquee displaying how much the state owed came and went for a short time, but now you might notice more of those messages when driving through rural Illinois.
Superintendent of Clinton Schools, Curt Nettles says it's not just schools that are not being paid right now and he says it comes down to a lack of revenue for the State's Comptroller to dish out state funds.
With Superintendents voicing frustrations over the lack of funds coming in for things like transportation and special education, the Governor proposed fully funding those areas and Nettles says that is great, but the base formula for those things have not changed in half a decade.
While the transportation and special education funds have remained behind and underfunded for some time, Nettles did give the state credit that while the general state aid formula is also stagnant, the payments this year have at least been timely and fully funded.
Superintendents are likely looking at a property tax freeze as a part of any bargain that may take place in Springfield. Nettles indicates the issue with the tax freeze legislation is any growth or increase in EAV for an area cannot be tapped into, which could cost tens - even thousands - of hundreds of dollars for area schools.