According to school funding policy experts, Illinois can both increase the amount of money it provides for public education and distribute it in a way to close the funding gap between rich and poor districts. They’re confident it can be done in Illinois because several other states have already done it. In its “Funding Gap 2005” report, which was issued last December, the Education Trust recognized several states for making progress towards closing their respective school funding gaps. It’s a distinction that Illinois has yet to claim. Each time the Education Trust has conducted its annual funding gap analysis, Illinois had one of the largest in the country.