Rauner pleads for compromise on school funding bill
A day after the Senate voted to override his amendatory veto of the state's K-12 funding bill, Gov. called on "the four legislative leaders" -- Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) -- to meet and find a middle ground on the measure.
"We are hopeful that Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton share our sense of urgency to reach resolution,” Rauner said in a statement on Monday. “Families and educators across the state are heading back to school. We owe it to them to adopt a funding formula that is fair and equitable to all, and we owe them the assurance that their schools will open and stay open for the remainder of the school year.”
Rauner pointed to an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education that found that his changes to the bill would result in more funding for 97.5 percent of the state's school districts.
"We sincerely appreciate the work done by the bipartisan bicameral negotiators, but believe the process can only reach conclusion with the involvement of the four legislative leaders,” Rauner said in his statement. “An agreement is within reach but time is of the essence to secure historic education funding reform."