In 1970, Illinois adopted a new State Constitution. Article X of that constitution addressed education, stating that “a fundamental goal of the People of the State is the educational development of all persons.” The article went on to declare that “the state has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” But while the Illinois Constitution seems clear in stating who should pay most of the bills for the state’s public schools, that has never been the reality in Illinois. The state’s public schools rely primarily on property taxes, which has led to a great disparity between school districts. Wealthy ZIP codes equate to well-funded schools, while blighted regions of the state struggle to provide adequate public education. This collection of interviews takes a fifty year look at Illinois’s struggles to finance one of government’s most sacred obligations – educating our young.