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Local Taxpayers Picking up a Greater Share of School District Funding

Almost every cent flowing into affluent Butler School District 53 in Oak Brook comes from local dollars, roughly $10.1 million. Most comes from property taxes paid by homeowners and businesses that cover everything from teacher salaries to school building projects.

State and federal dollars coming in are minimal by comparison. The local share represents 97 percent of all revenue for Butler, illustrating just how heavily many communities are investing in public schools. Throughout Illinois, the reliance on local taxpayers is growing.

Local taxes and school fees now make up 67.4 percent of revenue for districts statewide — the highest percentage in at least 15 years, according to the most recent state finance data. The state contributes 24.9 percent — one of the lowest shares in the country — and the federal government 7.7 percent.