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Rauner looks to House to send more money to most state schools


By Brent Zell | Aug 16, 2017

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The Illinois State Government has until Friday to pass a budget.

Gov. Bruce Rauner must rely on the Illinois House to trust the math of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) after the Senate on Sunday seemingly ignored an analysis showing that 97.5 percent of public schools would get more money under Rauner's amendments to Senate Bill 1.

The Senate voted 38-19 to override Rauner's veto, thus returning the bill to its original form as sent to him on July 31.

“Improving education is my mission, and we now have a clear path forward to enacting true fairness and equity in how we fund our children’s education,” Rauner said in a press release. “Lawmakers today have a choice. They can vote to give school districts across the state more money to educate our kids, or they can vote to support another bailout of Chicago.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner

The House is expected to reconvene on Wednesday, but no vote has been scheduled. Although one Republican, Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview), sided with Democrats on the Senate override, a House override would require 71 votes. There are 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans in the House.

“The numbers show my plan is better for the state, making education funding fair and equitable for the first time in Illinois,” Rauner said in his statement. “We have to act now. I urge senators returning to Springfield (Aug. 14) to take up my plan to achieve true education funding reform for all our children, especially those in the neediest areas of the state.”

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Illinois State Board of EducationEast Aurora School District 131West Aurora School District 129Elgin Area School District U46Valley View Community Unit School District 365UPeoria School District 150Rockford School District 205Joliet Public Schools District 86Waukegan Community Unit School District 60Plainfield School District 202Oswego Community Unit School District 308

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