Demmer pushes Rauner education funding bill over Senate measure

Rauner Again Vows To Veto More Money For CPS

Illinois governor calls lawmakers back over school funding dispute

Legislators have approved a plan to ensure the neediest school districts get money first.

The governor has said he plans to amend SB 1 to remove money for Chicago Public Schools' pension debt that's included in the bill.

Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed again Monday to veto part of a bill that would give the Chicago Public Schools $300 million more in state money - and said he would order a special session and demand that lawmakers revise - again - the way schools are funded in IL.

The Republican governor has said he wants to use his amendatory veto powers to make changes because the plan unfairly benefits Chicago, but he refused to discuss them in detail during a Monday morning news conference ahead of his deadline. "It is wrong and unfair for Democrats to hold this school funding bill".

Lawmakers will return for a special session on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and July 31.

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Rauner's amendatory veto will result in higher education funding for almost every school district in IL.

Senate Democrats say the governor needs to just sign the new law and allow IL schools to open on time.

Rauner and the Republican leaders of the House and Senate accused Democrats of "playing political games" designed to create a crisis.

IL lawmakers must hold a second special session this summer over the state's K-12 school funding formula.

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