No action taken on day two of special session


    Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Bill Brady address the press Thursday following special legislative sessions that lasted less than 15 minutes. (Rachel Droze)

    It was another day without progress at the statehouse.

    It’s concerning because checks are due to school districts on Aug. 10, meaning time is running out for lawmakers and the governor to reach an agreement on education funding.

    State funds cannot be released to schools unless a new funding plan passes.

    The only plan fitting the new requirements that lawmakers have already passed is Senate Bill 1.

    "I still think he ought to sign the bill,” said Senate Bill 1 sponsor Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill. “This bill represents compromise."

    The governor said he's going to veto part of the legislation when it gets to him.

    Democrats are holding onto the bill for now.

    They hope if they give the governor time, he'll change his mind and sign it.

    "Anything less than either an override of the presumed veto coming from the governor or an agreement is going to put us 20 years in reverse on school funding, and it's also going to cause districts in Illinois not to open,” Manar said.

    Senate Bill 1 passed through the General Assembly on May 31.

    Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Illinois, accused Democrats of creating a crisis for schools around the state.

    He said Democrats are hiding the bill.

    "As a result, our schools are at risk of not opening,” Rauner said. “Our schools are at risk of not getting the money they need."

    Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said he's is hoping to meet with the governor to talk about Senate Bill 1.

    The governor said the time for talk is over – it's now time to act.

    "President Cullerton, turn in your homework, do your job,” Rauner said.

    Cullerton responded Thursday, releasing this statement:

    “All the governor needs to do is tell us he will sign his name. The fastest way to help the children is to sign this historic education reform into law.
    An unconstitutional amendatory veto threatens all the work that has gone into this reform proposal. I again urge the governor to show us any changes he wants and to sit down for rational discussions now.
    We’ve done our homework. We passed an overhaul of the worst public school funding system in the nation. All the governor has to do is sign his name to get credit.”

    If the governor won't meet, Cullerton's going to send him the bill Monday.

    It’s unclear if there are enough legislators supporting the bill to override a veto.

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