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Though the problems behind the case were made in Illinois, its implications are national. The defendant is the state government, for allegedly sending a disproportionate share of its annual $10.6 billion in education aid to mostly white school systems outside of Chicago, whose students are 88 percent black, Hispanic or Asian. That’s “separate and unequal,” the lawsuit claims, in violation of state civil rights law.

Comment: Chicago will lose on the facts, which are that, even adjusting for the double pension issue Chicago has, it gets much more than the statewide average.

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