Illinois Senate Sends School Reform Bill to Gov. Rauner

Jul 31, 2017

The Democrat-controlled Legislature appears headed to another showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after sending him the school funding reform bill Monday afternoon.

Rauner gave Democrats a Monday deadline to send him a funding bill they approved in May so he could use his veto power to strip some money for Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats warned that would put funding for all of Illinois' roughly 850 districts at risk.

Many districts are concerned about how long schools can stay open without state money.

Negotiations for a new Illinois school funding plan broke down on Monday.

State Senator Andy Manar, the Democrat who sponsored the legislation, said progress toward compromise was being made, and called on Republican colleagues to continue talks.
"I think we see progress every step of the way, so i think it's important that the bill not be vetoed by Gov Rauner. That's one reason why we've held the bill."

But State Senator Jason Barickman, a Republican from Bloomington, quashed that notion.

"In fact, it seemed as if the Democrats in the room were only interested in poking holes in the process, and they had no sincere interest in negotiating in good faith to come to a bipartisan agreement. That's very unfortunate."