State Sen. Andy Manar and St. Rep. Will Davis.
Daisy Contreras/NPR Illinois
August 03, 2017

School Funding Depends On Compromise Or 36+71

With schools set to open in just a few weeks, Illinois still doesn't have any way to send money to schools. K-12 funding has become the latest partisan battleground at the statehouse, and yesterday, one procedural misstep may have inadvertently made the gridlock even worse.

The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield
August 02, 2017

Rauner Vetoes Portions Of Public School Funding Bill

Just after finishing a two year political standoff over a state budget, Illinois lawmakers are heading toward another impasse, this time over education funding. 

Denouncing it a “bailout” of Chicago Public Schools, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday partially vetoed a bill to overhaul the state’s school funding formula, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown over education funding that could cut off state money to schools across Illinois.

St. Sen. Andry Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
Dusty Rhodes/NPR Illinois
August 01, 2017

Negotiations Fizzle; SB1 Goes To Governor

The future of state funding for Illinois schools is still up in the air Monday afternoon. The fight over Senate Bill 1 — legislation that would overhaul the way Illinois supports k-12 schools — has such high stakes and such slim vote margins that it has turned into a parliamentary chess game. Now, the next move belongs to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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