Rauner threatens to call another special session

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The Governor has called the Special Session for Wednesday focused on SB1, the school funding reform bill passed in both the House and Senate that is now being withheld from the governor by legislative leadership through a procedural move.

News 8 asked Governor Rauner what he would do if lawmakers don't send a bill to his desk by July 31st, but he didn't give any specific plans other than sending lawmakers back to Springfield.

Mayor Emanuel said Governor Rauner has failed IL by holding the state budget hostage for things that weren't necessary. "Our families and students can not wait any longer", Gov. Rauner said in a statement.

"The right thing to do is get schools open with the appropriate funding".

Escalating pension payments have led to drained reserves, debt dependency and junk bond ratings for CPS, the nation's third-largest public school system.

"I'd like to have a conversation with Gov. Rauner in hopes of getting some clarity as to exactly what is going on", Cullerton said in a statement.




It also includes a provision that prohibits the state from issuing state aid to schools unless it's done through an "evidence-based" formula of the type the General Assembly endorsed in May. "We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically speaking". "I'd like the opportunity to make sure he knows what is in the proposal from the people who wrote it so he can make a rational decision".

"They should come with me to Springfield on Wednesday".

"There's nothing really to discuss without the bill being on my desk". But threatened with a veto, the Senate never sent Rauner that legislation, prompting the governor's call for special session. "Our schools must open on time".

Despite questions from Chicago reporters Monday morning, Rauner has still not given out any information on what will be in his amendatory veto.

"They (Democrats) want to create a crisis and just say, 'There's no discussion, there's no more time, there's nothing to debate".

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