GOP leaders say Illinois House to act on school funding plan

GOP leaders say Illinois House to act on school funding plan

GOP leaders say Illinois House to act on school funding plan

After the first attempt to pass the school funding deal failed.

"It protects the rights of parents to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children - providing more school choice for children from low-income families", Rauner said.

Nobody got everything they wanted, but nearly everybody seemed happy when this compromise legislation got a favorable vote.

Many lawmakers likened the enormity of the state's school funding woes to Illinois's record-breaking fiscal impasse, which left the state without a budget for 736 days, racked up a $14.6 billion backlog of unpaid bills and devolved into the worst state financial crisis since the Great Depression. They then attempted to revive the original school funding bill, SB1, which was rejected by the Governor by an Amendatory Veto.

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If the override fails, Democrats can try again to approve the compromise bill.

Before passing the compromise, state representatives tried to override his veto, but they were eight votes shy of the three-fifths majority necessary.

It also takes out the funding for Chicago Public School Pensions by allowing Chicago to raise property taxes to pay for the district's pensions. The measure also provides $75 million for tax credits for people who contributed to private school scholarships.

Without a new funding plan, more than 800 school districts won't get state money. Part of the agreement includes having a TIF Reform Commission study and make recommendations on TIF reform.

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Rep. Will Davis, the Homewood Democrat who carried the bill, was proud of the final product. "We need to act now because we don't want another generation of schoolchildren to miss the opportunity that proper funding will help for them". "... This would be the first major education funding compromise in decades".

Teacher unions and some school officials oppose the credits, saying taxpayer money shouldn't be used to fund private schools. Individuals and businesses could receive a 75-cent tax credit for each dollar donated, with a donation cap of $1 million.

After the fallout from the president's comments seemingly supporting white nationalists following the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month, Rauner said Trump's comments were damaging to America. The bill, sponsored by State Senator Tom Cullerton, potentially could save IL rental dealers millions of dollars in use tax obligations. But she said nearly all of the schools districts within her Senate district would receive more money under the Governor's version of SB1.

"This took months and months of hard negotiations", Rauner said after a mariachi band performed and celebratory speeches, including from a top Democrat. "If I vote no, it gives me a chance to possibly be at the table and bargain for my people". They fear the scholarships - which lawmakers say would benefit as many as 10,000 students - will reduce enrollment at public schools, some of which are struggling to maintain enough students to stay open. And CPS' take could total $450 million, said Frank Clark, whom Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed to head the Board of Education.

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