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Senate passes school funding reform legislation

The Senate passed a school funding reform bill Monday in a 38-13 vote. (WRSP)

Schools are another step closer to getting state funding.

The Senate passed a school funding reform bill Tuesday in a 38-13 vote.

24 Democrats and 14 Republicans voted in favor of the measure.

"This is a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate the ability to come together in a divided government in a manner that moves our state forward," Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, said.

36 "yes" votes were needed to pass the legislation.

The governor still needs to sign the bill before it can become law.

The legislature appropriated about $6.7 billion to a new school funding model in July.

The bill that passed Tuesday would allow those monies to be sent out to schools.

"If we stick to this plan and if we stay on the path that we just adopted and we presume the governor's going to sign we will lead the pack towards equity," Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said.

Gov. Bruce Rauner made his way to the floor after the vote, shaking hands with Senators on both sides of the aisle.

Monday, the governor said he'll sign the bill "quickly" if it passed the Senate.

We've reached out to his office to find out when he'll sign it, but we have yet to hear back.

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