Long-term education debt spending has been increasing in almost every state, and Illinois is near the top of the list.

The Reason Foundation released a K-12 Education Spending Spotlight showing a nationwide increase in per-pupil revenues, among other findings.

According to the study, since 2002, Illinois has increased benefit spending by 174.7%. Only two states, Hawaii and Pennsylvania, had larger increases.

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Policy analyst Christian Barnard said teacher pensions, health insurance, including for retirees, and other expenses are a big part of that increase.

“When you get into the expenditure data, what is interesting is to look at where

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