School Funding Special Session Keeps Legislators & Gov. At Odds

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

Republicans sent mixed signals Thursday about the future of a measure that changes how IL distributes money to local school districts, with a key senator contradicting Gov. "(But) they're really scared to talk with us because they have no idea what the Governor wants", Davis says.

But Democrats, like State Representative Kelly Cassidy, dismissed Rauner's demand saying "We don't work for the governor". "He said 'yes.' He said 'That's a very reasonable thing to do, but I need the bill first'".

Members of the Illinois House and Senate didn't stick around long during Thursday's special session to settle school funding. Comment on Gov, Rauner's Facebook page.

"There is no interest in compromise on the other side, that's why this bill is being withheld to create crisis", Rauner said. "I never implied that the governor's position had changed." the statement read.

However, nearly immediately after speaking with reporters, Barickman issued a statement that his words were misrepresented.

Rauner chastised the Senate for not sending the bill already.

Gov. Bruce Rauner believes House Speaker Mike Madigan practices "legislative extortion", hurting the state in order to advance his own agenda, according to remarks Rauner made on a Chicago radio show recently. Cullerton says he's held onto the bill pending a conversation, "Because of the mental state of the governor - he's had a bad month".

"I am encouraging the Senate to send the bill to the governor ahead of the July 31 deadline so that the Senate President and governor can meet, and if there are any discussions to be had they can happen in a timely fashion".

So far, Rauner has declined to meet.

While the governor supports the majority of the funding proposal, he's characterized parts of the bill a "bailout" for Chicago Public Schools. Rauner reiterated his call at a Thursday news conference for Cullerton to send it immediately. If the Senate sends Rauner the bill Monday, that deadline to respond will hit right around the time public schools are due to receive funds from the state, on August 10. He's also raised concerns about another $250 million CPS receives in the form of a special block grant.

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