School funding talks break down, showdown likely

Brighton resident Shelly Robinson and Shipman resident Lori Hopkins discuss Illinois education funding

Brighton resident Shelly Robinson and Shipman resident Lori Hopkins discuss Illinois education funding

Republican Sen. Jason Barickman said Democratic Sen.

Bruce Rauner after the Senate sent him a measure Monday following a two-month hold on the bill.

IL lawmakers have resumed negotiations on a plan to provide funding to schools in hopes of getting legislation passed before the new academic year begins.

Schools in IL could start classes in a few weeks without receiving any state money to help pay teachers, buy supplies or keep lights on, as a new front in the years-long fight between the Republican governor and majority Democrats threatens funding for roughly 850 districts statewide.

"I have a hard time believing that the way I believe that the Governor will (amendatory veto) this, that everyone will realize that we need to support our school children", said Brady. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says wants Rauner to sign the bill, but two House Democrats will keep working with Republicans. SB 1 would change how the state distributes money to schools, especially in Chicago.

A bipartisan group of legislators was meeting behind closed doors Monday after starting talks over the weekend.

It appeared Madigan was trying to lure Republicans to his side, just as he garnered enough Republican votes to override Rauner's veto of a budget and income tax hike.

It was unclear Monday afternoon if Cullerton still plans to send Rauner the plan, which aims to make funding more equitable between districts. But little occurred this time, considering the school funding bill had passed both chambers during the regular session. But he's repeatedly declined to specify what exactly he'll do. If that attempt fails, the bill dies.

The Governor called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session on Wednesday. Either overriding or upholding the governor's veto would require a super-majority in each chamber (if Democrats who control the legislature would even call the bill for a veto concurrence vote).

A new formula is required as part of the budget that legislators approved earlier this month.

Railing against Chicago, its financially troubled schools and its politicians has been a tried and true political strategy for Rauner, who used it to win his first public office in 2014 and has maintained the theme as his poll numbers have sunk, making him one of the nation's most vulnerable GOP governors.

CPS is the only school district that pays its own teacher and administrator pensions via the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

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