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Moline Schools Lawsuit Against State Is Heard In Court

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A lawsuit Moline schools filed against Governor Pat Quinn and several state and county agencies had its day in court Thursday. Moline schools are suing over a tax exemption state lawmakers are giving to "Elliott Aviation". The company rents land at the Quad City International Airport and the special tax exemption only applies to "Elliott Aviation."

During Thursday's hearing the district asked the judge to stop the tax exempt status from going into effect on June 1st. The district's attorneys say making a for profit company tax exempt is unconstitutional, because that status is only for not for profit companies. The district also argued the tax break will have a negative effect on students and cost the district $150,000 a year.

Attorneys for Governor Quinn, the State and Rock Island County say that's not the case. The lawyers say none of the people being sued are lawmakers and this issue isn't appropriate for court.

"Elliott Aviation" is not involved in this lawsuit and says the exemption will allow them to create jobs by making the company more competitive. The company has announced a $1.8-million investment that will create 50 jobs.

The judge will issue his ruling next week.

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