Another Day, Another Override for Bruce Rauner
Chicago, IL — Yesterday, the Illinois State Senate overwhelmingly voted to override the latest reckless veto by Bruce Rauner. This time, instead of saving Illinois from his 736-day budget crisis, they took action to ensure Illinois’ 852 public school systems get funding for the fast approaching school year. The Senate sided with the many students, parents, teachers and superintendents across the state who oppose Rauner's veto.
Here’s what they're reading in the news this week:
From the Herald & Review, Decatur schools will 'wait and see' after Senate school-funding vote:
Illinois schools are one step closer to receiving state money after the Senate voted Sunday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto, but there’s still a major hurdle ahead as the legislation heads back to the House this week.
“I can only say that we will just have to wait and see,” Decatur Superintendent Paul Fregeau said Sunday evening.
... If the state money doesn't come through, Decatur schools are set to run out of reserves by mid-November. Fregeau has said district leaders would then consider other options, such as borrowing money against future tax revenue.
From the Peoria Journal-Star, Senate votes to override Rauner’s veto of school-funding plan:
Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, said in a statement that “the governor’s veto could have cost our local schools millions of dollars in state aid and destroyed years of progress. It is time for Illinois to adopt a new school funding formula that fairly funds schools all across our state. Senate Bill 1 is the best possible solution to fixing the formula, and I believe it should be the law of Illinois.”
... Last week, the state missed a general aid payment to schools for the first time ever, according to Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Although money is in the state budget to meet those payments, the money won’t be distributed until a new school aid formula is in place.
From the Daily Herald, Senate overrides Rauner’s veto of school funding:
Sen. Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat, called Rauner's plan "shortsighted," saying it would be financially devastating to school districts statewide.
"Senate Bill 1 is the only plan that ensures no Illinois schools lose funding," she said in a statement. "Hundreds of superintendents, educators and advocacy groups have come out in support of the SB1 because it's a fair and equitable plan that would provide long-term stability and certainty to our schools."
Some legislators said the bill will allow schools to open on time and receive adequate funding to operate this academic year. If legislation isn't passed, school districts won't receive the $6.67 billion in state money that is tied to the passage of a new funding formula.
"This was not only the most beneficial reform brought forth this legislative session; it is also the most necessary," said Sen. Cristina Castro, an Elgin Democrat.
From the Chicago Tribune, Senate overrides Rauner school funding veto, but House hurdle remains:
In the end, lawmakers voted 38-19 to override Rauner's veto, two more than the minimum needed. One Republican, Sen. Sam McCann of Plainview near Springfield, joined the Senate's 37 Democrats to reject Rauner's proposed changes.
... "There is one thing worse than one-party control, and that is one-man control," said McCann, who beat back a primary election challenge last year after splitting with Rauner. "Are we going to fear the governor? Are we going to fear his political operatives? Are we going to fear his money and his friends' money? Or are we going to fear the mirror?"