July 2, 2004



To the Honorable Members of the

Illinois House of Representatives

93rd General Assembly


This legislation promotes an important purpose: providing a funding source for a school district in financial difficulty.  Yet, this legislation also poses a significant hurdle: increasing property taxes to pay for this purpose outside the limits of tax caps and the voter approval process required by them.   The challenge, which we have faced throughout state government, is to fund important services and programs without asking the people of Illinois to pay more in taxes.  I remain committed to this principle and cannot support legislation that asks for an increase in property taxes. 


Pursuant to Article IV, Section 9(b) of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby veto and return House Bill 753, entitled “AN ACT relating to schools.”