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Gov. Rauner Calls Special Session on Education Funding Bill

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Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) has followed through on a promise to call a Special Session if the legislature did not send an education funding bill to his desk by today.

The Governor has called the Special Session for Wednesday focused on SB1, the school funding reform bill passed in both the House and Senate that is currently being withheld from the governor by legislative leadership through a procedural move.

Gov. Rauner has urged the legislature to send him the bill immediately to ensure all schools open on time.  He says once he receives it, he will use an ‘Amendatory Veto’ to remove language he says provides a ‘bailout’ to Chicago Public Schools for its underfunded pensions.

“Democrats have been holding this bill since May 31. Our families and students cannot wait any longer,” Gov. Rauner said in a statement. “We must act now, which is why I’m calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session. Our schools must open on time.”

Rauner claims his actions will lead to more education dollars for nearly every school district in the state.  Based on the Governor’s figures (which can be found here), many Stateline area school districts would see state education funding nearly double.

This is the second Special Session of the year, with the first producing a budget including a state income tax increase which was passed over Gov. Rauner’s veto.

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