Bruce Rauner, Illinois governor, fires staffer after homophobic tweets surface
Jul 19, 2017, 00:30
It is clear to me today that he intends to use the children of IL as leverage for his political agenda when he could be working out a compromise to accomplish a much-needed and long-awaited reform.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady released a joint statement praising the move.
Rauner also hurled his own insults, charging that school superintendents who support the funding formula bill had been "intimidated" by Madigan and "live in fear" of the veteran speaker. Unlike the tax hike vote, which was precarious even for some Democrats, making sure schools get the money they need to open their doors is a much easier vote to cast, even if opponents label it a vote in favor of bailing out Chicago.
The Republican governor demanded that the Democratic-controlled Illinois Senate to send him Senate Bill 1, or SB1, which changes how the state funds schools throughout the state.
"It is clear to me today that (Rauner) intends to use the children of IL as leverage for his political agenda when he could be working out a compromise to accomplish a much-needed and long-awaited reform", Manar said.
Though the bill is held up in the Senate, Rauner focused most of his scorn Monday on a familiar target: Madigan. "I am saddened and discouraged by his display today", said Manar.
As districts across the state face the possibility of a delayed start to the school year this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools are squaring off over what to do with a potential fix for the state's broken education funding formula.
"We have a chance to make history and adopt a new school funding plan that, for the first time, ensures all school districts in IL are equitably and adequately funded".
Patterson said it was necessary "to allow cooler heads to prevail" after Rauner announced his opposition. If companion legislation providing $215 million in pension help became law, CPS would see a net increase of around $177 million in state funding.
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