CHICAGO - One education organization not affiliated with teachers or school employees unions is pouring thousands of dollars into Illinois Republican and Democrat campaigns.
Since the first of September, the education group "Stand for Children" (SFC) has donated $289,500 to candidates. The majority of their largesse has been to incumbents. Only three non-incumbents - Mark Batinick, Marge McDermod and Glenn Nixon - have received SFC contributions.
One of the largest SFC donations - $30,000 - was given to Senator Andy Manar (D), the Senate sponsor of a controversial education funding bill, SB 16. The bill, which is expected to be voted on in the Illinois House in the veto session, would change education funding distribution to favor Chicago and rural districts.
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Why does "Stand for Children" support SB 16? They explain on their website: