Updated at 5:15 p.m. with new approach - IL lawmakers must hold the summer's second special session due to disagreements over state's K-12 school funding formula. SB1 would see CPS receive its tier funding, 2018 pension pickup funding and its block grant, while Rauner's plan removes the block grant funding and spreads the money to schools throughout the state.
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Bill Haine, D-Alton, admitted that what Rauner wants to do is good for his constituents in the Metro East, but not for the whole state. "Our families and students can not wait any longer", Rauner said.
"We must act now, which is why I'm calling lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session".
Gov. Rauner has urged the legislature to send him the bill immediately to ensure all schools open on time.
Escalating pension payments have led to drained reserves, debt dependency and junk bond ratings for CPS, the nation's third-largest public school system.
"Our children must be our top priority", Rauner said.
The Republican ordered the House and Representatives and Senate to report to Springfield Wednesday. Separately, we can, we can do it this summer or some other time - fix the pension problem in Chicago and around the state. Based on the Governor's figures (which can be found here), many Stateline area school districts would see state education funding almost double. "I don't want him making statewide classroom funding decisions out of a position of anger".
"I am happy to have all kinds of discussions after the bill is on my desk, there is nothing to discuss unless that bill is on my desk".
Now, those tempers continue to flare from both sides of the aisle and taxpayers as another costly special session kicks off Wednesday. "Our schools must open on time".
"I will amendatory veto it, and from there we can discuss the changes that I have made, and we can implement either those or if someone else has another idea that's fine". But threatened with a veto, the Senate never sent Rauner that legislation, prompting the governor's call for special session.