Governor Calls Special Session on School Funding


You may remember that Governor Bruce Rauner demanded that lawmakers send him a bill by noon on Monday. which did not happen.

Lieutenant Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti has launched a petition for Illinoisans to voice their desire for the Senate to send SB 1 to the governor's desk and for schools to open on time.

Governor Rauner is waiting for an education bill that lawmakers passed, but not yet sent to the governor for his signature.

Rauner said he supports the bill's establishment of an evidence-based model that ties public school funding to "best practices" aimed at enhancing student achievement.

Rauner was ready to react to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle calling him "evil" on Sunday's "Connected to Chicago Show", responding with a laugh, "Political rhetoric gets heated sometimes".

Rauner contends the $250 million grant was meant to help pay retirement-account costs - something Chicago officials and proponents of the plan reject - and so the extra money is a "bailout" for past pension-payment shortfalls.

"I'd like to have a conversation with Governor Rauner in hopes of getting some clarity as to exactly what is going on".

The Republican ordered the House and Representatives and Senate to report to Springfield Wednesday. We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically-speaking. "I'd like the opportunity to make sure he knows what is in the proposal from the people who wrote it so he can make a rational decision".

"I am happy to have all kinds of discussions after the bill is on my desk, there is nothing to discuss unless that bill is on my desk". "Our schools must open on time". He declined, when asked on Monday, to explain what changes he would make with the amendatory veto.

The governor called the CPS pension funding "a poison pill" in the legislation, adding that it should be taken up separately.

Now, those tempers continue to flare from both sides of the aisle and taxpayers as another costly special session kicks off Wednesday.