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Governor Bruce Rauner has approved a major change in the way Illinois funds public schools.

He signed the bipartisan legislation at a school in Chicago, calling it a historic achievement.

Governor Bruce Rauner is eager to use his veto pen to alter the school funding reform plan adopted by the General Assembly in June.  There’s just one problem: It’s not on his desk.

Democratic State Senator Andy Manar, of Bunker Hill, is accusing Gov. Bruce Rauner of trying to kill his school funding legislation.

He says the administration fed erroneous information to a Republican operative's website.

Democratic state Sen. Andy Manar says he will remain in the Illinois Senate rather than run for governor in 2018.

In an emailed statement Friday, the Bunker Hill resident says he plans to continue being "a strong voice for the citizens of Central Illinois" in the Legislature.

A group of lawmakers has agreed on a framework for making the way Illinois funds its schools more equitable. But whether it will lead to a long-elusive legislative fix remains to be seen.

Illinois’ school funding formula relies heavily on property taxes.

 

That leaves districts with low land values to make do with about six thousand dollars per student each year, while districts with thriving businesses can spend up to five times that amount.

 

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that Illinois needs to change the formula, but they get caught on the question of how.

Governor Bruce Rauner this week is continuing a tour of school districts around the state to talk about school funding. But, a lawmaker proposing changes to the way Illinois funds schools questions the governor's rhetoric.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller sits down with Illinois State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon (D-Carbondale) to talk about Senate Bill 16.