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Annual report: Which school districts in Illinois are in the worst financial shape?

Schools

By Local Labs News Service | Apr 28, 2019

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Fox Lake Grade School District 114, Barrington Community Unit School District 220 and Zion Elementary School District 6 are area districts listed among those that received the lowest financial ratings in Illinois by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for their 2018 finances.

ISBE started profiling the financial health of the state's school districts in 2003, using experts to evaluate five areas: fund-balance-to-revenue ratio, expenditure-to-revenue ratio, days cash on hand, percentage of short-term borrowing ability remaining, and percentage of long-term borrowing ability remaining. The results are combined into a score, which corresponds with one of four designations.

Districts that score between 1 and 2.61 are on "financial watch"; between 2.62 and 3.07 - "financial warning"; between 3.08 and 3.53 - "financial review" and between 3.54 and 4.00 - "financial recognition".

Twelve Illinois school districts fell into the lowest financial strength category. Another 33 were designated "early warning", 111 were under "financial review" and 695 achieved "financial recognition".

How does your district rate?

200 unhealthiest Illinois school districts

Rank
District
County
Score
Designation
1
Tri Point Community Unit School District 6J
Livingston
1.6
Watch
2
Madison Community Unit School District 12
Madison
2.1
Watch
3
Pleasant Hill Community Unit School District 3
Pike
2.1
Watch
4
Country Club Hills School District 160
Cook
2.35
Watch
5
Sandwich Community Unit School District 430
Dekalb
2.4
Watch
6
Bureau Valley Community Unit School District 340
Bureau
2.45
Watch
7
Oswego Community Unit School District 308
Kendall
2.45
Watch
8
Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7
Madison
2.45
Watch
9
Calhoun Community Unit School District 40
Calhoun
2.55
Watch
10
Alton Community Unit School District 11
Madison
2.55
Watch
11
Frankfort Community Unit School District 168
Franklin
2.65
Early Warning
12
Fox Lake Grade School District 114
Lake
2.65
Early Warning
13
Chicago SD 299 School District
Cook
2.7
Early Warning
14
Zeigler-Royalton Community Unit School District 188
Franklin
2.7
Early Warning
15
Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3
Champaign
2.8
Early Warning
16
Altamont Community Unit School District 10
Effingham
2.8
Early Warning
17
Morris Elementary School District 54
Grundy
2.8
Early Warning
18
Decatur School District 61
Macon
2.8
Early Warning
19
Centralia High School District 200
Marion
2.8
Early Warning
20
Johnsburg Community Unit School District 12
Mchenry
2.8
Early Warning
21
Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School District 4
Pike
2.8
Early Warning
22
Lincoln Way Community High School District 210
Will
2.8
Early Warning
23
Barrington Community Unit School District 220
Lake
2.85
Early Warning
24
Brown County Community Unit School District 1
Brown
2.9
Early Warning
25
Unity Point School District 140
Jackson
2.9
Early Warning
26
Zion Elementary School District 6
Lake
2.9
Early Warning
27
Lawrence County Community Unit School District 20
Lawrence
2.9
Early Warning
28
Dixon Unit School District 170
Lee
2.9
Early Warning
29
Bethalto Community Unit School District 8
Madison
2.9
Early Warning
30
Belleville Township High School District 201
Saint clair
2.9
Early Warning
31
Wesclin Community Unit School District 3
Clinton
3.0
Early Warning
32
Oblong Community Unit School District 4
Crawford
3.0
Early Warning
33
Elverado Community Unit School District 196
Jackson
3.0
Early Warning
34
Jasper County Community Unit School District 1
Jasper
3.0
Early Warning
35
Pembroke Community Consolidated School District 259
Kankakee
3.0
Early Warning
36
Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24
Lake
3.0
Early Warning
37
McLean County Unit School District 5
Mclean
3.0
Early Warning
38
Hillsboro Community Unit School District 3
Montgomery
3.0
Early Warning
39
Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District 36
Rock island
3.0
Early Warning
40
Grant Community Consolidated School District 110
Saint clair
3.0
Early Warning
41
Rockdale School District 84
Will
3.0
Early Warning
42
Princeton Elementary School District 115
Bureau
3.1
Review
43
Breese Elementary School District 12
Clinton
3.1
Review
44
Norridge School District 80
Cook
3.1
Review
45
Evergreen Park School District 124
Cook
3.1
Review
46
Oak Lawn Community High School District 229
Cook
3.1
Review
47
Prairie Du Rocher Community Consolidated School District 134
Randolph
3.1
Review
48
Pearl City Community Unit School District 200
Stephenson
3.1
Review
49
Orangeville Community Unit School District 203
Stephenson
3.1
Review
50
Harlem Community School District 122
Winnebago
3.1
Review
51
Fieldcrest Community Unit School District 6
Woodford
3.1
Review
52
Virginia Community Unit School District 64
Cass
3.15
Review
53
Kankakee School District 111
Kankakee
3.15
Review
54
Streator Elementary School District 44
La salle
3.15
Review
55
Meridian Community Unit School District 15
Macon
3.15
Review
56
Triad Community Unit School District 2
Madison
3.15
Review
57
East Alton School District 13
Madison
3.15
Review
58
Duquoin Community Unit School District 300
Perry
3.15
Review
59
Cahokia Community Unit School District 187
Saint clair
3.15
Review
60
Lebanon Community Unit School District 9
Saint clair
3.15
Review
61
Harrisburg Community Unit School District 3
Saline
3.15
Review
62
Herrin Community Unit School District 4
Williamson
3.15
Review
63
Avoca School District 37
Cook
3.2
Review
64
Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180
Dupage
3.2
Review
65
Mercer County School District 404
Mercer
3.2
Review
66
New Athens Community Unit School District 60
Saint clair
3.2
Review
67
Armstrong-Ellis Community School District 61
Vermilion
3.2
Review
68
Quincy Public School District 172
Adams
3.25
Review
69
Thornton Township High School District 205
Cook
3.25
Review
70
Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123
Cook
3.25
Review
71
La Grange School District 102
Cook
3.25
Review
72
Hazel Crest School District 152.5
Cook
3.25
Review
73
Calumet City School District 155
Cook
3.25
Review
74
Sycamore Community Unit School District 427
Dekalb
3.25
Review
75
Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit School District 10
Ford
3.25
Review
76
Vienna Elementary School District 55
Johnson
3.25
Review
77
Momence Community Unit School District 1
Kankakee
3.25
Review
78
La Salle-Peru Township High School District 120
La salle
3.25
Review
79
Wallace Community Consolidated School District 195
La salle
3.25
Review
80
Peru Elementary School District 124
La salle
3.25
Review
81
Peoria School District 150
Peoria
3.25
Review
82
Chester Community Unit School District 139
Randolph
3.25
Review
83
Brooklyn Unit School District 188
Saint clair
3.25
Review
84
O'Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90
Saint clair
3.25
Review
85
Harmony-Emge School District 175
Saint clair
3.25
Review
86
Winchester Community Unit School District 1
Scott
3.25
Review
87
Oakwood Community Unit School District 76
Vermilion
3.25
Review
88
Hinsdale Township High School District 86
Dupage
3.3
Review
89
Downers Grove Community High School District 99
Dupage
3.3
Review
90
Oak Grove School District 68
Lake
3.3
Review
91
Fisher Community Unit School District 1
Champaign
3.35
Review
92
St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District 169
Champaign
3.35
Review
93
Willow Grove School District 46
Clinton
3.35
Review
94
Mattoon Community Unit School District 2
Coles
3.35
Review
95
Elementary School District 159
Cook
3.35
Review
96
Reavis Township High School District 220
Cook
3.35
Review
97
Thornton School District 154
Cook
3.35
Review
98
Bensenville School District 2
Dupage
3.35
Review
99
Geneseo Community Unit School District 228
Henry
3.35
Review
100
Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186
Jackson
3.35
Review
101
Ottawa Elementary School District 141
La salle
3.35
Review
102
Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District 11
Macon
3.35
Review
103
Mt Zion Community Unit School District 3
Macon
3.35
Review
104
Patoka Community Unit School District 100
Marion
3.35
Review
105
Waterloo Community Unit School District 5
Monroe
3.35
Review
106
Triopia Community Unit School District 27
Morgan
3.35
Review
107
Oak Grove School District 68
Peoria
3.35
Review
108
Tamaroa School District 5
Perry
3.35
Review
109
Shiloh Village School District 85
Saint clair
3.35
Review
110
Allendale Community Consolidated School District 17
Wabash
3.35
Review
111
Jasper Community Consolidated School District 17
Wayne
3.35
Review
112
Crab Orchard Community Unit School District 3
Williamson
3.35
Review
113
Marion Community Unit School District 2
Williamson
3.35
Review
114
Depue Unit School District 103
Bureau
3.45
Review
115
Champaign Community Unit School District 4
Champaign
3.45
Review
116
Urbana School District 116
Champaign
3.45
Review
117
Marshall Community Unit School District 2C
Clark
3.45
Review
118
Willow Springs School District 108
Cook
3.45
Review
119
Lyons School District 103
Cook
3.45
Review
120
Sunset Ridge School District 29
Cook
3.45
Review
121
Community Consolidated School District 89
Dupage
3.45
Review
122
Braceville School District 75
Grundy
3.45
Review
123
Cambridge Community Unit School District 227
Henry
3.45
Review
124
Goreville Community Unit School District 1
Johnson
3.45
Review
125
Gavin School District 37
Lake
3.45
Review
126
Prairie Central Community Unit School District 8
Livingston
3.45
Review
127
West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School District 92
Logan
3.45
Review
128
Collinsville Community Unit School District 10
Madison
3.45
Review
129
Massac County Unit School District #1
Massac
3.45
Review
130
Huntley Community School District 158
Mchenry
3.45
Review
131
LeRoy Community Unit School District 2
Mclean
3.45
Review
132
Olympia Community Unit School District 16
Mclean
3.45
Review
133
Porta Community Unit School District 202
Menard
3.45
Review
134
Valmeyer Community Unit School District 3
Monroe
3.45
Review
135
Litchfield Community Unit School District 12
Montgomery
3.45
Review
136
Whiteside School District 115
Saint clair
3.45
Review
137
Springfield School District 186
Sangamon
3.45
Review
138
Wabash Community Unit School District 348
Wabash
3.45
Review
139
Fairfield Public School District 112
Wayne
3.45
Review
140
Morrison Community Unit School District 6
Whiteside
3.45
Review
141
Winnebago Community Unit School District 323
Winnebago
3.45
Review
142
El Paso-Gridley Community Unified School District 11
Woodford
3.45
Review
143
Metamora Community Consolidated School District 1
Woodford
3.45
Review
144
Dalzell School District 98
Bureau
3.55
Recognition
145
La Moille Community Unit School District 303
Bureau
3.55
Recognition
146
Ladd Community Consolidated School District 94
Bureau
3.55
Recognition
147
Brussels Community Unit School District 42
Calhoun
3.55
Recognition
148
Thomasboro Community Consolidated School District 130
Champaign
3.55
Recognition
149
Bartelso School District 57
Clinton
3.55
Recognition
150
Community High School District 218
Cook
3.55
Recognition
151
Community Consolidated School District 146
Cook
3.55
Recognition
152
Mount Prospect School District 57
Cook
3.55
Recognition
153
Western Springs School District 101
Cook
3.55
Recognition
154
Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21
Cook
3.55
Recognition
155
Pennoyer School District 79
Cook
3.55
Recognition
156
Maercker School District 60
Dupage
3.55
Recognition
157
Downers Grove Grade School District 58
Dupage
3.55
Recognition
158
Ewing Northern Community Consolidated School District 115
Franklin
3.55
Recognition
159
Alwood Community Unit School District 225
Henry
3.55
Recognition
160
Grand Prairie Community Consolidated School District 6
Jefferson
3.55
Recognition
161
St. Anne Community Consolidated School District 256
Kankakee
3.55
Recognition
162
Ottawa Township High School District 140
La salle
3.55
Recognition
163
Allen Otter Creek Community Consolidated School District 65
La salle
3.55
Recognition
164
Mendota Community Consolidated School District 289
La salle
3.55
Recognition
165
Deer Park Community Consolidated School District 82
La salle
3.55
Recognition
166
Steward Elementary School District 220
Lee
3.55
Recognition
167
Pontiac Township High School District 90
Livingston
3.55
Recognition
168
Sangamon Valley Community Unit School District 9
Macon
3.55
Recognition
169
Roxana Community Unit School District 1
Madison
3.55
Recognition
170
East Alton-Wood River Community High School District 14
Madison
3.55
Recognition
171
Iuka Community Consolidated School District 7
Marion
3.55
Recognition
172
Raccoon Consolidated School District 1
Marion
3.55
Recognition
173
Community High School District 155
Mchenry
3.55
Recognition
174
Bloomington Public Schools District 87
Mclean
3.55
Recognition
175
Meredosia-Chambersburg Community Unit School District 11
Morgan
3.55
Recognition
176
Oregon Community Unit School District 220
Ogle
3.55
Recognition
177
Limestone Community High School District 310
Peoria
3.55
Recognition
178
Norwood Elementary School District 63
Peoria
3.55
Recognition
179
Pinckneyville School District 50
Perry
3.55
Recognition
180
Western Community Unit School District 12
Pike
3.55
Recognition
181
Sherrard Community Unit School District 200
Rock island
3.55
Recognition
182
Hampton School District 29
Rock island
3.55
Recognition
183
Freeburg Community Consolidated School District 70
Saint clair
3.55
Recognition
184
Wolf Branch School District 113
Saint clair
3.55
Recognition
185
Anna Community School District No. 37 Board of Education
Union
3.55
Recognition
186
Lick Creek Community Consolidated School District 16
Union
3.55
Recognition
187
Lowpoint Washburn Community Unit School District 21
Woodford
3.55
Recognition
188
Hall Township High School District 502
Bureau
3.6
Recognition
189
Damiansville School District 62
Clinton
3.6
Recognition
190
Park Forest School District 163
Cook
3.6
Recognition
191
Matteson Elementary School District 162
Cook
3.6
Recognition
192
Dolton School District 149
Cook
3.6
Recognition
193
Berwyn South School District 100
Cook
3.6
Recognition
194
Cook County School District 104
Cook
3.6
Recognition
195
West Harvey-Dixmoor Public School District 147
Cook
3.6
Recognition
196
Hoover Schrum Memorial School District 157
Cook
3.6
Recognition
197
Bellwood School District 88
Cook
3.6
Recognition
198
Christopher Community Unit School District 99
Franklin
3.6
Recognition
199
Knoxville Community Unit School District 202
Knox
3.6
Recognition
200
Round Lake Community Unit School District 116
Lake
3.6
Recognition

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Zion Elementary School District 6West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School District 92Lebanon Community Unit School District 9Barrington Community Unit School District 220Winchester Community Unit School District 1Madison Community Unit School District 12La Salle-Peru Township High School District 120Fieldcrest Community Unit School District 6Fisher Community Unit School District 1Mercer County School District 404Geneseo Community Unit School District 228Momence Community Unit School District 1Cambridge Community Unit School District 227McLean County Unit School District 5New Athens Community Unit School District 60Litchfield Community Unit School District 12Chester Community Unit School District 139Herrin Community Unit School District 4Patoka Community Unit School District 100Wesclin Community Unit School District 3Pleasant Hill Community Unit School District 3La Moille Community Unit School District 303Western Community Unit School District 12Crab Orchard Community Unit School District 3Brown County Community Unit School District 1Oblong Community Unit School District 4Brussels Community Unit School District 42Lowpoint Washburn Community Unit School District 21Breese Elementary School District 12Meredosia-Chambersburg Community Unit School District 11Morrison Community Unit School District 6Paxton-Buckley-Loda Community Unit School District 10Triopia Community Unit School District 27Valmeyer Community Unit School District 3Raccoon Consolidated School District 1Tri Point Community Unit School District 6JVienna Elementary School District 55Grant Community Consolidated School District 110Duquoin Community Unit School District 300Anna Community School District No. 37 Board of EducationElverado Community Unit School District 196Calhoun Community Unit School District 40Community High School District 155Damiansville School District 62Pontiac Township High School District 90Whiteside School District 115O'Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90Oakwood Community Unit School District 76Shiloh Village School District 85Wallace Community Consolidated School District 195Peru Elementary School District 124Mendota Community Consolidated School District 289Millburn Community Consolidated School District 24Carbon Cliff-Barstow School District 36Thomasboro Community Consolidated School District 130Jasper Community Consolidated School District 17Hampton School District 29Braceville School District 75East Alton School District 13Grand Prairie Community Consolidated School District 6Ladd Community Consolidated School District 94Deer Park Community Consolidated School District 82Pinckneyville School District 50Bartelso School District 57St. Anne Community Consolidated School District 256Unity Point School District 140Iuka Community Consolidated School District 7Freeburg Community Consolidated School District 70Wolf Branch School District 113Limestone Community High School District 310Mt Zion Community Unit School District 3Princeton Elementary School District 115Ewing Northern Community Consolidated School District 115Prairie Du Rocher Community Consolidated School District 134Lick Creek Community Consolidated School District 16Harmony-Emge School District 175East Alton-Wood River Community High School District 14Hall Township High School District 502Fairfield Public School District 112Metamora Community Consolidated School District 1Willow Grove School District 46Harlem Community School District 122Tamaroa School District 5Meridian Community Unit School District 15Zeigler-Royalton Community Unit School District 188Pembroke Community Consolidated School District 259Armstrong-Ellis Community School District 61Lawrence County Community Unit School District 20LeRoy Community Unit School District 2Elementary School District 159Virginia Community Unit School District 64Norwood Elementary School District 63Brooklyn Unit School District 188Warrensburg-Latham Community Unit School District 11Springfield School District 186Bureau Valley Community Unit School District 340Frankfort Community Unit School District 168Dalzell School District 98Depue Unit School District 103Cook County School District 104Marshall Community Unit School District 2CAltamont Community Unit School District 10Community High School District 218Marion Community Unit School District 2Winnebago Community Unit School District 323Oak Lawn Community High School District 229Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123West Harvey-Dixmoor Public School District 147Alton Community Unit School District 11Berwyn South School District 100Mattoon Community Unit School District 2Hinsdale Township High School District 86Peoria School District 150Sandwich Community Unit School District 430Prairie Central Community Unit School District 8Champaign Community Unit School District 4Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7Urbana School District 116Oregon Community Unit School District 220Wabash Community Unit School District 348Triad Community Unit School District 2Evergreen Park School District 124La Grange School District 102Thornton Township High School District 205Downers Grove Community High School District 99Western Springs School District 101Sherrard Community Unit School District 200Community Consolidated School District 146Country Club Hills School District 160Sycamore Community Unit School District 427Lyons School District 103Mount Prospect School District 57Decatur School District 61Ottawa Elementary School District 141Quincy Public School District 172Bensenville School District 2Kankakee School District 111Cahokia Community Unit School District 187Harrisburg Community Unit School District 3Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21Murphysboro Community Unit School District 186Lincoln Way Community High School District 210Belleville Township High School District 201Olympia Community Unit School District 16Thornton School District 154Round Lake Community Unit School District 116Bellwood School District 88Hillsboro Community Unit School District 3Pearl City Community Unit School District 200Dolton School District 149Massac County Unit School District #1Porta Community Unit School District 202Bloomington Public Schools District 87Bethalto Community Unit School District 8Reavis Township High School District 220Knoxville Community Unit School District 202Collinsville Community Unit School District 10El Paso-Gridley Community Unified School District 11Johnsburg Community Unit School District 12Downers Grove Grade School District 58Goreville Community Unit School District 1Streator Elementary School District 44Ottawa Township High School District 140Dixon Unit School District 170Morris Elementary School District 54Orangeville Community Unit School District 203Huntley Community School District 158Park Forest School District 163Matteson Elementary School District 162Jasper County Community Unit School District 1Norridge School District 80Sunset Ridge School District 29Avoca School District 37Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School District 4Oswego Community Unit School District 308Hoover Schrum Memorial School District 157Fox Lake Grade School District 114Maercker School District 60Waterloo Community Unit School District 5Roxana Community Unit School District 1Oak Grove School District 68Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3Willow Springs School District 108Calumet City School District 155Hazel Crest School District 152.5Alwood Community Unit School District 225Pennoyer School District 79Allendale Community Consolidated School District 17Centralia High School District 200Gavin School District 37Christopher Community Unit School District 99Burr Ridge Community Consolidated School District 180Rockdale School District 84St. Joseph Community Consolidated School District 169Steward Elementary School District 220Allen Otter Creek Community Consolidated School District 65Chicago SD 299 School DistrictOak Grove School District 68Community Consolidated School District 89Sangamon Valley 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