Another Rauner Record: Illinois Fails to Pay Schools for the “First Time Ever”

Chicago, IL – After manufacturing the nation’s longest budget crisis, Bruce Rauner isn’t done setting records. For the “first time ever” in state history, Illinois missed a payment to schools after Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 1 and left our state without a school funding formula.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line, but Bruce Rauner let his political agenda get in the way of doing his job and sending money to the 852 public school districts in Illinois. The executive director of the Illinois Association of School Boards told Reuters, “The fact that these payments are not being made threatens the opening of schools in some districts [and] is causing cuts to be made to educational services to children.” 
 
“In the 200-year history of our state, no governor has ever let schools go without state funding, but Bruce Rauner is known for breaking all the wrong records,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Every time it looks like Illinois has reached rock bottom, this historic failure of a governor outdoes himself.”

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