CHICAGO - The Chicago Urban League, a civil rights organization, has filed a lawsuit against Illinois and the state Board of Education challenging the constitutionality of the state's school funding system because of its heavy reliance on property taxes.

The league's lawsuit contends that the funding system violates several statutes, including the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, and the state constitution because its heavy reliance on property taxes is inequitable and discriminates against families based on race. The litigation, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, argues that African American, Latino, and other minority children have been deprived for decades of a high-quality education.

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