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GOP Lawmakers Say House Will Not Override School Funding Veto

Illinois Senate chamber.

View of the Illinois Senate chamber at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield. CC/Daniel Schwen/Wikimedia Commons

Some Republican lawmakers say the Illinois State House of Representatives may not have the votes to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a school funding bill Wednesday.

The State Senate overrode Rauner’s veto with one Republican joining Democrats.

But in the House — the original bill passed 11 votes short of a veto-proof majority. So Democrats would need Republican help.

Republican State Representative Steve Andersson broke from Rauner to pass a state budget — but says he won’t this time on school funding.

"I don’t see any other Republicans breaking on this issue right now," Andersson said. "As time goes on, if there isn’t a compromise and if schools downstate start not opening, that’s a question you’re gonna have to ask those representatives about how they feel about their districts."

If the House doesn’t override Rauner - the bill fails and there’s no backup plan to fund schools.