State representatives and superintendents speak out against Governor's veto
URBANA, Ill. (WCCU) —
State senators and local representatives joined local superintendents to speak out against Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent veto of Senate Bill 1.
The Democratic Senators say Senate Bill 1 creates equitable school funding for the state of Illinois.
But Gov. Rauner vetoed the bill, saying it was a bailout for the Chicago Schools pension system. With Rauner's veto, schools across the state are at risk of losing funding for the school year.
"We've put the superintendents in a situation where they're worried about whether they're going to have enough funding to even keep open, you know, a few weeks," said Illinois Senator Scott Bennett. "That's a terrible situation the governor has placed everybody in.
"They need to hear, whether Republican or Democrat, they need to hear the importance of overriding Senate Bill 1," said Urbana District 116 Superintendent, Donald Owen.
Owen said the first fiscal year payment for general state aid is due this week and Illinois Senator Bennett said a compromise needs to be made.