Pass Illinois' Budget

338 Signatures Goal: 1,000

We call on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

- Immediately support an end to the state budget impasse.

- Fix the education funding formula and invest in students in schools, including higher education, throughout the state.

- Pay school districts what they are owed this year.


Meridian Schools has partnered with 360 other Illinois school districts, representing over 1,370,000 students across Illinois, to support a statewide initiative called, “Pass Illinois Budget”. This effort’s aim is to shed light on the hardships the current Illinois Budget Impasse has on local school districts and its effects on our students.

While public K-12 schools have benefitted from a partially-funded budget, without a full budget our schools, students, families and communities will suffer. For Meridian CUSD #15, state funding comprises nearly 43% of revenue for the Education Fund and about 67% percent of revenue for the Transportation Fund. During the most recent fiscal year (FY17), the Meridian School District has received all of its General State Aid payments. However, the school still hasn’t received a mandated categorical payment for fiscal year 2017. Mandated categorical payments equal approximately $650,000 of revenue per year to our school district. This equates to almost 9% of our total revenue for the operating funds.

The State of Illinois’ delinquency in paying these payments, along with reduced funding over the last several years, has put a stress on Meridian CUSD #15’s financial health. To be more specific, the Meridian School Board has recently begun the process of amending it 2016-2017 school year budget to reflect the missing mandated categorical payments. The budget adopted in the fall of 2016 had a positive balance of $76,000 in these operating funds. However, with the missed payments, the school board will be forced to amend that budget and now will carry a deficit of $266,000.

To date, the Meridian School District has been utilizing its’ reserve funds to maintain the programs it offers our students. However, those reserve funds are limited and we cannot continue to cut another 9-10% of expenditures without effecting the programs that we offer.


We urge state government leaders to end the budget impasse, fix the education funding formula and pay schools what they are owed.

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April 25
Petition has reached 100 signatures!
April 24
We are now live!
  • Mariela c Babb
    Mariela c Babb United States, Bloomington
    Jul 05, 2017
    Jul 05, 2017
    I plead with you to pass a state budget this is beyond my sense of anger that our students/children are suffering because of the negligent of our state house. Get a budget that will satisfy school a d stop cutting school funding
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun 28, 2017
    Jun 28, 2017
    Please pass a budget for this state.
  • Anna
    Anna United States, Lake Zurich
    May 24, 2017
    May 24, 2017
    Do your job and pass the bill. Figure it out. Illinois shouldn't pay all their government officials see how you like it. Corrupt
  • Nick Miller
    Nick Miller United States, Naperville
    May 03, 2017
    May 03, 2017
    Pay up Illinois
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