SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW AUGUST 28 - SEPTEMBER 1
MURPHYSBORO, IL – After more than 20 years, Illinois finally has a new school funding formula which will result in a more equitable distribution of funds to Southern Illinois school districts, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
The most important part of the legislation focuses on a newer evidence-based funding model, which calculates school dollars by utilizing 27 variables. Those variables will create a locally-based funding model that takes into account each individual district's demographics, resulting in a more fair way to fund the state's 852 school districts.
Senator Schimpf took part in an Aug. 30 meeting with the Illinois Department of Transportation and area legislators to seek some common-sense ways to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the region's interstates. The elected officials sat down with IDOT engineers to find ways to help slow or reduce traffic flows, due to a 30 percent uptick in the number of fatalities on the I-57 corridor.
Additionally, this week area legislators were briefed by the Illinois Department of Employment Security on the department's initiative to streamline payroll filings. Illinois employers previously had to deal with two different agencies' systems when filing taxes and employment insurance payments. Thanks to these new advances, Illinois employers will deal with both the Department of Revenue and Employment Security using the same software, thereby reducing business and government expenses.