- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The question of assuring equitable school funding across the state is being debated at a forum for Republican candidates for governor.

The four bidders are squaring off at a forum hosted by Illinois Public Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters.

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH’-ur-furd) says he’s in favor of individual districts having more local control over how tax dollars are used.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard says Chicago Public Schools have too much clout in Springfield.

State Sen. Bill Brady wants to eliminate the state board of education. He says he’ll cut red tape and reduce mandates.

Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) says the current school-funding formula needs to be more equitable between rich and poor districts as well as urban and rural districts.

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