WBEZ | illlinois supreme court http://www.wbez.org/tags/illlinois-supreme-court Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois high court upholds school funding system http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-high-court-upholds-school-funding-system-104112 <p><p>The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a decision to toss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state&#39;s system of funding public school districts largely through property taxes.</p><p>The high court issued its unanimous opinion Thursday, agreeing with a lower court ruling.</p><p>Hundreds of public school districts are funded mostly through property taxes. The state sets minimum per student funding levels with specified tax rates for each district.</p><p>The 2010 lawsuit argued some residents in poorer districts whose property is worth less must pay a higher tax rate to reach funding levels of those in wealthier school districts. It called that unconstitutional and unfair.</p><p>Thursday&#39;s opinion says local communities themselves determine the tax rate. And it says any disparities that result aren&#39;t a direct result of the state&#39;s funding statute.</p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-high-court-upholds-school-funding-system-104112