There are two school funding plans being considered in the Illinois House of Representatives (HB4069 & SB1) and the distinctions can be a bit confusing. The chart below separates fact from fiction. You can also  download the chart here:

I support transitioning to the evidence based funding model included in both SB1 and HB4069, but SB1 provides additional funding for Chicago Public Schools beyond the model at the expense of every other school district in the State. Illinois needs a new school funding formula that provides fair and equitable funding for every child.

Below is a chart comparing and contrasting how local school districts would fair under both bills:

State Representative Tony McCombie discusses the impact the budget crisis is having on our communities in District 71, and the need to pass a balanced budget by July 1st.
“We have 10 days to work together in a bipartisan manner to accomplish the ‘Capitol Compromise.’ The special session gives us the opportunity to show unity among Republicans and Democrats in the legislature. I am still truly optimistic we can work in a bipartisan manner to bring the budget stalemate to an end by the July 1st deadline.” said Rep. McCombie. “Every day I hear from constituents on how the budget impasse is negatively affecting them. I will continue to work towards finding a bipartisan compromise to give the people of District 71 the BALANCED BUDGET they deserve.”

State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) invites you to come to her free Senior Fair at Challand Middle School in Sterling. The Senior Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 27th, from 9a-12p at Challand Middle School located at 1700 6th Ave., Sterling, IL 61081.

The Senior Fair is being co-hosted with Sen. Anderson and is a great opportunity to take advantage of free health screenings, nutritional advice, and ways to take advantage of utility savings. The State Treasurer’s Office will also be on site to help guests determine if they have unclaimed money or assets to recover. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call (815) 632-7384.

Sen. Anderson, Rep. McCombie, and Mayor Skip Lee of Stelring welcome residents to the coffee.

Rep. McCombie addresses constituents at the coffee and conversation 

Rep. McCombie talks to constituents at the Rock Falls Chamber

"Today, my colleagues are introducing a new budget compromise to bring the budget stalemate to an end. I fully support their continued efforts to work towards finding a compromise to reach a responsible comprehensive balanced budget. Everyday I hear from constituents on how the budget impasse is negatively effecting them, and I will continue to work towards finding a bipartisan compromise to give the people of District 71 the BALANCED BUDGET they deserve."

Below is a copy of the press release from my colleagues in the State Legislature:

Cordova…State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71) hosted local mayors in Cordova to talk about issues in local government.

“As a former mayor, it is a priority of mine to get the local mayors together to discuss the diverse needs of their municipalities," said McCombie. "I look forward to helping to facilitate more meetings in the future.”

Twelve mayors from the 71st district were in attendance and all but three of them are starting their first term. This was the first opportunity that many of them have had to meet and network with their fellow mayors. 

To learn more about what Representative McCombie is up to this summer please visit or follow her on Facebook at

Cordova…Yesterday, State Representative Tony McCombie (IL–71st) toured the East Moline Correctional Facility and the Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station in Cordova with legislators from across the state.

“The Quad Cities Nuclear Generating Station and East Moline Correctional Facility are economic engines, investing in our communities and providing jobs to families across the region,” said Rep. McCombie. “The tours were a great opportunity to share with my colleagues just some of what I am proud to represent in Springfield. We were showed the day–to-day operations at East Moline Correctional Facility to get a better understanding of the prison system and saw first-hand the economic impact the Cordova plant has on our communities. I hope to continue to do tours like these for other members of the General Assembly across the state so that they know the importance of these and other facilities to the Quad Cities.”

The facility employs 320 people including 220 security staff. It has a maximum capacity of 1452 and houses 1250 inmates – 60 of those inmates have severe mental impairments. Unfortunately, the State’s budget crisis has resulted in an overdue bill of over $400,000 (and growing) to the East Moline Water Department.

The Exelon Nuclear Power Plant in Cordova provides power to 1.2 million customers in Illinois and Iowa. Recently, Exelon announced that it will remain open and save 800 jobs. New projects, which broke ground after the Exelon bill became law last year, on the facility are employing an additional 350 people.

McCombie was joined by Minority Leader Jim Durkin (Western Springs), Senator Neil Anderson (Rock Island), Senator Michael Connelly (Naperville), Representative Dave Severin (Benton), Representative Norrine Hammond (Macomb), and Representative Terri Bryant (Murphysboro).

SB1 – Chicago Public Schools Bailout

On the final day of the scheduled spring session, SB1 sponsor Rep. Davis and the majority party rushed a vote on a new school funding formula, Senate Bill 1, which would provide Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with a $500 million bailout while offering empty promises to the rest of the state’s public schools. See the chart below to how much was taken from each school district to bailout CPS. 

House Republican freshman legislators share their impressions of their first six months in the Illinois House of Representatives. While the budget impasse has been the source of much frustration for the new class of lawmakers, their fresh perspective and genuine desire to represent their districts points to a group that will reach across the aisle to find consensus on issues important to the people of Illinois.