Sep 15, 2011

On November 4, 1999, AU, together with other education and civil rights groups, brought a state constitutional challenge to an Illinois tax credit that pays for tuition and other expenses for children attending private, predominantly religious schools. The trial court upheld the tax credit on April 21, 2000, as consistent with earlier decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. On February 8, 2001, the Illinois Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s decision, finding that the tax credit did not violate the Illinois Constitution. On June 6, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to review the case.