Illinois governor seeks overhaul of state's education system

01/16/2004 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

In his second State of the State address, Gov. Rod Blagojevich blasted the Illinois State Board of Education as a "Soviet-style bureaucracy" accountable to no one and proposed replacing it with a new cabinet-level Department of Education. Blagojevich unveiled a seven-point plan for streamlining the state's education bureaucracy and purchasing processes, reforms that could save $1 billion over four years.

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