Schools Hopeful For Veto Override

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

Because of Gov. Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto of a school funding bill, which was approved by the House and Senate in May, state aid checks which were supposed to arrive this week, won't.

School superintendents from across IL appeared Wednesday morning during a hearing in Chicago about public school funding.

That's Andy Henrikson, superintendent of Mundelein District 75. He was one of several suburban superintendents who told lawmakers Rauner's veto punishes schools that can't afford high salaries and therefore have high turnover rates.

Currently, the state pays teacher pensions except for CPS. "It seems like each one of the amendatory vetoes is going against exactly what SB-1 was created to do, which is to provide equity for all students in the state of IL", said Chris Bobek, business director of the Grayslake District 46. The superintendents said that if the veto is not overridden, they could be left in a financial lurch.

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has called senators back into session on Sunday where they may move on an override vote.

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