Petition statement to be delivered to John Cullerton, Illinois Senate majority leader, Michael Madigan, Illinois House majority leader, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Bruce Rauner

Sustainable funding for Chicago Public Schools, not bankruptcy

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Sustainable funding for Chicago Public Schools, not bankruptcy

To be delivered to John Cullerton, Illinois Senate majority leader, Michael Madigan, Illinois House majority leader, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, and Governor Bruce Rauner

Petition Statement

Our state and city leaders must work together toward sustainable solutions to fund our public education system. Children in Chicago need stability and well-resourced education. Bankruptcy is not a solution. There are many sensible and even promising solutions that have not been tried. It's time for solutions, not last resorts.
There are currently 1,297 signatures. NEW goal - We need 2,000 signatures!

Petition Background

It's time for sustainable solutions to fund our public education system, not last resorts, like bankruptcy. There are many sensible and even promising solutions that have not been tried.

We support the following reforms to ensure our children’s future.

At the state level:
Reinstate the 5% income tax that ended Jan. 2015, costing the state billions, or implement a fair tax structure
Add a state sales tax on services to yield additional revenue
Close corporate loopholes and end corporate subsidies
Contribute toward Chicago teacher pensions

At the city level:
Immediately shut down TIF districts that no longer meet their original purpose of developing blighted areas
Return at least $400 million of TIF surplus to taxing bodies this year
Enact a corporate income tax
Raise property taxes by a modest amount as a last resort

At the CPS level:
Stop spending on nonessential items and explore cutting contracts that we’ve shared (http://bit.ly/cpsbudget)
Reduce central office departments such as Innovation/Incubation, Accountability, and Family and Community Engagement
Stop charter expansion and selective enrollment high school expansion

We look to your example of leadership and stewardship during this challenging time. Our children and our schools depend on you. Please act now to raise revenue.

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