With Donald Trump in the White House and Bruce Rauner in the IL governor's office, Democrats are looking for inspiring candidates capable of winning and governing. The comments have stoked hard feelings toward the Democratic stronghold among many voters in more conservative areas outside the city - people Rauner must motivate to support him if he hopes to be re-elected.
No movement or update to the school funding bill, but there were some meetings.
Covault estimates the district in central IL - one of the state's largest - will run out of money in mid-November if lawmakers can't work something out.
Rauner says he wants the bill on his desk immediately.
Governor Rauner has set Monday, July 31st, as the deadline for education funding reform to be resolved.
The research for this bill shows it is the best way to distribute school funds equally, fixing inequities all over the state and driving funds into even our poorest districts. Every portion of this State has faced or faces inequity in school funding, from Chicago to Cairo and everywhere in between. Rauner wants to make changes to the bill.
Now, Rauner is threatening to veto a bipartisan education funding reform measure created to ensure all IL students have access to a high-quality education.
Senate President John Cullerton (D) says democrats will hold onto the bill until Monday.
Rauner kicked off the special session by signing a measure that halts increases in lawmaker's salaries and their mileage reimbursements. "We're announcing a step in the right direction to protect IL taxpayers".
"We're all here-the General Assembly is here". Still, Rauner calling special session is a hit to taxpayers. The law signed Wednesday won't change that amount.