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Illinois investigating school punishments, race

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CHICAGO (KWWL) -- The Illinois Senate is forming a study group and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he is considering a special commission to look at the racial disparity in how Illinois school children are disciplined.

Quinn said Monday he read with "interest" a report by The Associated Press that shows African Americans account for half of all student suspensions even though they make up only one-fifth of the enrollment. Quinn said it's worth considering a special commission to look at the issue. He said discipline needs to be "evenhanded."

Quinn appointed a special commission earlier this year to look at how clout influenced admission decisions at the University of Illinois.

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