Illinois Senate overrides Rauner school veto


The move comes after the Illinois Senate voted 38-19 to override Governor Bruce Rauner's amendatory veto.

Despite that, Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) was unconvinced and voted with the Democratic majority. "I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am in what was portrayed to some of us by the governor's office as a Chicago pension issue that changed once he did his amendatory veto, into the point where he basically ripped apart the evidence-based funding model". But if there's no deal, the House should override when it convenes Wednesday.

Arguing against the override vote, State Sen. It upheld the overhaul which ensures no school district gets less money than past year and then pumps new dollars to the neediest districts first. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner used an amendatory veto to substantially rewrite the bill to remove what he called a CPS bailout. They say the Rauner plan simply takes money from one needy district to fund another.

SB1, which would introduce evidence-based funding to the state's schools, has been back in the Legislature since August 1, where it faces an August 16 deadline of passage or override. It would keep funding the same as a year ago for every school district and then funnel new dollars to the neediest first.

The motion to override moves to the House. Override prospects are less certain there. The governor's amendatory veto does not cure the ills of school funding in the state of IL. Manar said his plan, known as Senate Bill 1, ensures that no school district would receive less state aid than it did this past school year, a provision known as "hold harmless".

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The override needed 36 votes. It redistributed funds and Rauner is claiming that almost every district would get more money under his plan.

Two hours before the Senate action to override Rauner, the governor implored lawmakers to embrace his changes and recognize "true fairness and equity". More Republicans in the House would have to join with Democrats in order for the veto to be successfully defeated there.

Rauner made significant changes to the legislation because he says it sends hundreds of millions of dollars to Chicago at the expense of other districts. "Plus in two years, under the Governor's veto, many local school districts which have declining enrollments would see less state aid even though their costs stay the same".

He told reporters at the Capitol Sunday that his plan means "the vast majority of our neediest districts get millions (of dollars) more". It's created to determine funding levels for specific districts based in part on the number of students living in poverty, lacking English-language skills and other data-driven measurements.

Democratic lawmakers, who ended a two-year budget stalemate by approving a state budget over Rauner's objections in July, prohibited the state from disbursing school aid unless done through an evidence-based platform, such as the one in Senate Bill 1.