- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is forming a panel to pick up where a recent commission left off revamping the state’s outdated public school funding formula.

The Democrat announced the panel Thursday. He says the group will address questions left unanswered by a funding reform commission convened by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

That commission concluded earlier this month that Illinois must fund its schools more equitably. But Madigan says it failed to acknowledge what he called the current formula’s overreliance on property taxes.

Madigan appointed a dozen Democrats to work with Republicans. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin’s spokeswoman says their office hasn’t been contacted yet regarding the panel.

Rauner’s education secretary Beth Purvis says she hopes the panel isn’t an attempt to hinder progress made by the governor’s commission.



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