Lester: What a property tax freeze would cost suburban schools

  • State House Democrats' proposal to freeze property taxes through 2020 would have translated to a $382 for students at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison and students in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, as well as $476 for every student in Cook County and $375 for students in central and southern Illinois. That's a $422-per-student funding decrease statewide.

    State House Democrats' proposal to freeze property taxes through 2020 would have translated to a $382 for students at Indian Trail Junior High School in Addison and students in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, as well as $476 for every student in Cook County and $375 for students in central and southern Illinois. That's a $422-per-student funding decrease statewide. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • The HoverPark in West Dundee.

      The HoverPark in West Dundee. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 6/29/2017 10:31 AM

A two-year property tax freeze being considered by the Illinois General Assembly would cost suburban schools on average $382 per student in 2019, columnist Kerry Lester writes. Plus, early childhood program Family Focus is laying off 100 workers -- 70 percent of its staff -- because of missing state payments, a West Dundee hoverboard park expands to the Wisconsin Dells, and more.

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