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Rauner Vetoes $250 Million CPS Funding Bill

Rauner Vetoes $250 Million CPS Funding Bill

This week after a special session on education funding in Springfield, Rauner vetoed a $250 million Chicago Public School funding bill.  The bill included $250 million to go to CPS as well as an additional $215 million set aside for the CPS pension fund.  The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate passed Senate Bill 1, but Rauner vetoed the bill because he felt it put a bulk of the burden on suburban and other Illinois school districts outside of Chicago.  Rauner claims to be trying to reconstruct the broken system of CPS and its pension program, but with the first payment to schools due August 10, he’s running out of time.  If the assembly doesn’t override Rauner’s veto by a three-fifths majority, no state money can be disbursed among any of the school districts, including the suburban schools he’s trying to protect.  CPS classrooms are set to begin the school year on Sept. 5, with suburban schools starting in late August.