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School Leaders Plead for State Budget

Illinois State Board of Education

Hoping to bring attention to the continued lack of a state budget, and its effect on education, nine school boards from western Illinois will hold a joint meeting Tuesday night. The nine have a total of 13,000 students in four counties, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, and Warren.

Lori Loving, assistant regional superintendent for the Regional Office of Education #33, says their goal is for each board to talk about its financial situation, and encourage parents and residents of the area to contact their state legislators.
The joint school board meeting begins Tuesday at 6 pm at Knoxville High School. 

Loving says a group of school district leaders from the four-county region is planning to travel to Springfield on Wednesday to plead for a state budget, especially for k-12 education, by the end of the month. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.