Illinois Lawmakers Quickly Adjourn Second Day Of School Funding Session

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Chicago House Democrats Kelly Cassidy and Ann Williams turned to a new school Thursday, Senn High School, on Chicago's North Side, cleaning rather than as they put waste their time in Springfield.

Democrats for almost two months have held off on sending a funding bill to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner because he's pledged to strip money for Chicago Public Schools that he's declared a "bailout". "Do your job. We're all here", Rauner said. Now, Gov. Rauner is threatening to veto our bipartisan reform measure because the broken status quo works just fine for him and his wealthy friends.

Rauner says he's asked key GOP lawmakers to negotiate with Democrats.

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Schools in IL could start classes in a few weeks without receiving any state money to help pay teachers, buy supplies or keep lights on, as a new front in the yearslong fight between the Republican governor and majority Democrats threatens funding for roughly 850 districts statewide. He says that comes at the expense of other districts.

"He's willing to hold the bill then, then let's have a negotiation". Under my education funding reform bill, area schools would receive about $5 million in new funding.

He's referring to the school reform bill that IL State Senate President John Cullerton won't send to Rauner until Monday. "With honest bipartisan discussions, a solution can be negotiated and presented for review before the scheduled transmittal to the Governor of Senate Bill 1 on Monday." a statement read.

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Cullerton says he's been trying to meet with Rauner to discuss the issue.

Representative Peter Breen, R-Lombard, the newly appointed House floor leader, defended Governor Rauner's issue with SB 1, and his calling of special session.

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