Illinois schools Report: More Than Half Of Illinois Public School Students Are Low-Income By Ryan Pumroy • Oct 16, 2014 Flickr user / alamosbasement "old school" (CC BY 2.0) New statistics released by the Illinois State Board of Education show that more than half of Illinois' public school students are low-income. Belts Getting Tighter For Illinois Schools By Susan Stephens • Oct 18, 2013 Susan Stephens/Roberta F / Creative Commons The Illinois State Board of Education is warning school districts to prepare to make due with less next fiscal year. School Referendum Results Mixed By Mike Moen • Apr 10, 2013 Voters in several northern Illinois counties were asked to approve sales-tax hikes on Tuesday. The ballot initiatives aimed to bring in more revenue for school districts in need of facility upgrades. School District Consolidation By Mike Moen • Apr 20, 2012 Some northern Illinois school districts are part of voluntary downsizing efforts identified in a commission's report that was issued this week.