Will Illinois GOP scuttle school voucher bill?

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Tribune photo by Abel Uribe / April 21, 2010

Lorynda Taylor, a science teacher from South Holland District 205, and other protesters march around the State Capitol last month in Springfield, Ill. The protesters, bused down by labor unions and social service advocates, are rallying in an attempt to pressure state lawmakers into raising the income tax to avoid more budget cuts.

Perhaps one of Illinois' most surprising political developments this
year has been the ease with which a pilot school voucher program has
moved through the state Legislature, to possible passage.

In Illinois and elsewhere, public school teachers' unions and their
allies in the Democratic Party have a winning record successfully
fighting the vouchers, except for some notable exceptions, such as
Milwaukee.

Now, the Illinois voucher bill, having slide through the state Senate
and hurdled the usual committee obstacles in the House, is on the verge
of passing, except for one major roadblock--Republican opposition.

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