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    GREEN LIGHTStopgap funding measure has road officials breathing sigh of relief / 3

    LEDG REOSWEGOEffective Feb. 4, the Oswego Ledger is the successor newspaper to the Ledger-Sentinel, as contemplated by 715 ILCS 5/5 (e)

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    Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0250.Effective Feb. 4, the Oswego Ledger is the successor newspaper to the Ledger-Sentinel, as contemplated by 715 ILCS 5/5 (e), which was a consolidation of the Oswego Ledger and the Fox Valley Sentinel, published every Thursday in Oswego, Illinois, in Kendall County by Shaw Media. Periodicals postage paid at Oswego,

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    ON THE COVERContractors for the Illinois Department of Transportation level asphalt at the corner of Route 71 and Orchard/Minkler Road in Oswego on Tuesday. Passage of a stopgap state budget last week in Springfield assured that construction along the busy highway will continue.

    See story on page 3.

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    By TONY SCOTT tscott@kendallcountynow.com

    Local school district officials are happy that the state legislature ap-proved full appropriations for educa-tion following budget talks last week, but some say it doesnt fix the underly-ing problem with school funding.

    Dr. Hector Garcia, superintendent with Plano School District 88, said he appreciates the districts approximate-ly $250,000 in increased state funding.

    However, he said the state hasnt fully funded school district appropria-tions in the four years that he has been superintendent.

    For school districts like ours, its truly playing catch-up on a few issues, he said. So this money is welcome, at the same time weve been doing a great deal with a lot less every year.

    Garcia said the funding is based on a model that needs improvement.

    When we talk about fully funding it, its taking a step in the right direc-tion, he said. It is not, by any means,

    resolving the issue.Kristine Liptrot, director of com-

    munications and community engage-ment for Yorkville District 115, said the news was extremely positive for us. That district is set to receive ap-proximately $4.6 million in new fund-ing.

    Just being fully funded for the first time in years is wonderful and will do great things for our students, but on top of that being fully funded, there was also the equity grant. And out of that equity grant, our portion is $83,000. So we will have an extra $83,000 on top of being fully funded, so its tremendous for us.

    However, Dean Romano, chief op-erations officer for District 115, said the district is being cautiously opti-mistic when budgeting for state fund payments.

    While we anticipate to receive more in general state aid and state funding, were going to be cautious-ly optimistic with regards to how we actually expect the appropriations to

    come to us, he said.Ali Mehanti, assistant superinten-

    dent for business and operations for District 308, said the district is facing a $6 million budget deficit and the ap-proximately $4 million the district is set to receive should help the district end up in the black next year.

    However, like Garcia, Mehanti lamented the states funding formula, which relies heavily on property tax revenue to fund local schools.

    Its a blessing to our district, how-ever, there are still issues with the funding formula, he said.

    Mehanti said the state should have been funding school districts fully for the past four years.

    This is something we should have gotten to begin with 100 percent fund-ing because we lost around $21 mil-lion in the proration, he said. Now, this year were receiving 100 percent funding, which we should have gotten anyway, every year.

    Garcia said he supported the legis-latures action but that there is more to do.

    Its welcome and Im glad they were able to resolve it; the alternative was going to be much worse, he said. Theres still some work to be done down in Springfield.

    Local school officials urge funding reform for IllinoisD-308 asst. superintendent: Money a blessing, but big problems remain


    Monday, 6 p.m.: Fox Valley Park District Board, Prisco Community Center, Aurora.

    Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Oswego ECO Commis-sion, Oswego Village Hall.

    Monday, 6:30 p.m.: Kendall County Board Planning Building and Zoning Committee, County Office Building, Yorkville.

    Monday, 7 p.m.: Oswego Fire Protection District Board, Station One, Oswego.

    Monday, 7 p.m.: Montgomery Village Board, Montgomery Village Hall.

    Monday, 7 p.m.: School District 308 Board, Oswego East High School Community Room.

    Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: Oswego Township Board, Town Hall, Oswego.

    Tuesday, 6:55 p.m.: Oswego Township Plan Commission, Town Hall, Oswego.

    Wednesday, 11 a.m.: Montgomery Police Pension Board, Montgomery Police Depart-ment.


    Fireworks suspected in Oswego Township house fire

    Fireworks were the possible cause of a fire at a home in the 100 block of Laurie Lane in unincorporated Oswego Township early Tuesday, according to the Oswego Fire Protection District.

    Fire district firefighters were sum-moned to the blaze at approximately 12:04 a.m.

    The fire was confined to the rear exterior of the home, according to the fire district.

    Prior to the arrival of firefighters, all occupants had been safely evacuated from the home and a neighbor used a garden hose in an effort to extinguish the fire.

    Upon arriving at the scene, firefight-

    ers used approximately 10 gallons of water from an extinguisher to douse the fire.

    Damage to the home was estimat-ed at $10,000, according to the fire district. No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

    Sheriff investigating Oswego Township break-in, battery

    Kendall County sheriffs police are investigating a home invasion that oc-curred July 1 at 4:30 a.m. at a residence in the 1000 block of U.S. Route 30 in Oswego Township.

    Police said someone kicked in the door of the residence and battered a 49-year-old occupant of the home.

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    Road officials breath a sigh of reliefBy TONY SCOTT


    State lawmakers approval of a stopgap budget