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 width=A controversial plan to change how the state doles out tax dollars to school districts drew hundreds of supporters and opponents to the Capitol Tuesday and was the subject of a 5 hour House committee hearing.

At issue is Senate Bill 16, a proposal approved last spring by the Illinois Senate that would redistribute state aid to school districts based on their financial need. State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) called SB16 a ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ proposition.

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Although a vote on any overhaul of the school funding formula isn't on the immediate legislative horizon, opponents say they want to kill the idea before it takes root under the Statehouse dome.

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