Impact of proposed Illinois education budget cut

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WABASH VALLEY, Ill. (WTHI) – Illinois legislators heard from state education officials about the impact of a proposed 20 percent budget cut next year.

Officials claim that school districts could be forced to lay-off thousands of teachers and borrow money to stay afloat if proposed budget cuts take effect.

Here in the Wabash Valley the West Richland School District is saying it will have a tough time staying open.

STORY | East and West Richland set to merge

There are already plans in the works to merge West Richland students with nearby East Richland. But, the timeline has been a little shaky up to this year.

After a round of petitions back-and-forth to stop, or go ahead with the annexation, East Richland’s superintendent says they now have a trustees’ order to proceed.

Several parents from West Richland have filed a lawsuit to stop it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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