The Illinois Statehouse in Springfield


News Local/State - 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.


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The 21st Show - August 01, 2017

Economic Integration In Schools; Police Dispatchers & Mental Health Awareness

On this encore edition of The 21st: Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, says he has a solution for integration in schools that focuses on social and economic indicators. Plus, we learn how police dispatchers are being trained to respond to mental health crises.  

The Illinois State Capitol

News Local/State - August 01, 2017

Gov. Rauner Vetoes Senate Bill One

Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill One, leaving public school funding in limbo.

St. Sen. Andry Manar (D-Bunker Hill)

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News Local/State - 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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News Local/State - August 01, 2017

Illinois Issues: The Experts’ Take On The Budget

Daisy Contreras talked to leaders at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and The Civic Federation to learn about their insights on the state's first spending plan in more than two years.

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