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GOP lauds bipartisan compromise that inches school funding closer


By April Bamburg | Aug 29, 2017

A budget worksheet | Courtesy of Morguefile

Democrats and Republicans really can work together after all, the Illinois Republican Party commented in a recent press release following the apparent compromise on a state school funding measure. 

"And thanks to strong negotiations led by House GOP Leader Jim Durkin and Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady, Illinois is now poised to have a school choice program for the first time – something the Chicago Teachers Union is not happy about," the press release said.

The deal, which Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Brady (R-Bloomington) worked out with House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), was part of Senate Bill 1947, which the House passed on Monday after first rejecting it.

Gov. Bruce Rauner | Courtesy of

"Governor Rauner applauds the four leaders in coming to a consensus on historic school funding reform that reflects the work of the School Funding Reform Commission," the press release said, quoting a statement from Rauner's office as reported by NBC 5 Chicago.

SB1947 is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Tuesday.

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