Statewide ‘Collateral Damage’ in Rauner’s School Funding Veto
Illinois Policy Institute-Backed Changes to SB 1 Would Hurt More Than Just Chicago Schools
Chicago, IL — While Bruce Rauner has promised for weeks that his school funding veto won’t take away money from any school district besides Chicago, the facts are not on his side. Language in Rauner’s veto — pushed by the right-wing Illinois Policy Institute now running the governor's office — would leave hundreds of school districts across the state with less money.
Rauner is proposing changes to rules in the school funding formula bill to target Chicago’s funding. But those changes don’t just cripple CPS, they also damage schools across the state. Peoria Public Schools could lose $1 million if Rauner’s changes became law. Rich Miller explains in his Crain’s column:
By going after Chicago so hard and making its school district look "wealthier" than it really is by officially pretending that it can capture more tax money than it really can, the governor's amendatory veto would also create collateral damage throughout the state. TIF districts have been created in a ton of communities, Downstate and in the suburbs. And lots of school districts also fall under the property tax cap.
“Bruce Rauner is at war with an entire city he is supposed to represent and the collateral damage will impact schools across the state,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Rauner’s Illinois Policy Institute-backed veto would suffocate our public education system and advance their radical agenda.”