With a school funding budget still being hotly debated in Springfield, a group of dedicated door knockers in Peoria decided to take action into their own hands.
The Peoria People's Project brought together the Peoria Federation of Teachers, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and others to go door-to-door and urge voters to call State Representative Mike Unes. It's an effort to earn crucial Republican support for Senate Bill One, a Democratic school funding formula vetoed by Governor Rauner because of his belief that the plan serves as "a Chicago bailout."
"As it is currently, Illinois is last in how we fund schools," explains Jeff Adkins-Dutro, President of the Peoria Federation of Teachers, "and Senate Bill 1, being evidence based, would put us up there near the top, maybe even first. And for Peoria Public Schools specifically, it would bring in about 5 million dollars, and this is after we've gone through years and years and years of being under-funded by the state."
The group also issued calls to Governor Rauner's office to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, focusing on health services employees who earn less than $30 thousand a year.