Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding

Jul 24, 2017

Sticking to his promise, Governor Bruce Rauner is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to discuss school funding.

Governor Rauner wants the legislature back in town Wednesday for special session to tackle the issue. He's been asking lawmakers to send him the funding reform bill they passed so he can issue an amendatory veto, removing money for Chicago teacher pensions.
 
"The right thing to do is get schools open with the appropriate funding. We've laid this out. Separately, we can, we can do it this summer or some other time - fix the pension problem in Chicago and around the state. That needs to be done, too, but that's got to be a separate issue."
 
The measure has not been sent to his desk yet. A new education funding formula must be signed into law in order for schools to get money from the state.