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The Illinois Senate may have voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of a bill that rewrites the school funding formula, but that doesn’t mean a resolution of the issue is imminent.
The House now gets 15 days to take up the measure. That would put the deadline at Aug. 28, if you start counting from Monday. The House is in session Wednesday (in a bit of a tweak, that’s Republican Day/Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair) but the chamber doesn’t have to immediately vote on an override. Thursday is Democrat Day, but the party isn’t even going to have a rally at the fairgrounds, just a morning breakfast.
The longer Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan waits to hold an override vote, the more the pressure builds on lawmakers to vote for it to turn the state school funding spigot back on. Districts have not received the first state aid payments that were supposed to go out Aug. 10. While classes are expected to start, some districts eventually could close without state money.
Still, it’s unclear whether enough pressure will have built up by late August to persuade enough Republicans to join Democrats to vote for an override. There are 67 House Democrats, and if all of them voted for an override, four House Republicans would have to hop on for Rauner’s changes to be set aside. While 15 House Republicans bucked Rauner to approve an income tax hike last month, that number dropped on the tax hike override. Since then, Rauner has cleaned house on his staff and retooled with people from the conservative Illinois Policy Institute.
If Madigan can’t pull together the 71 votes for an override, Rauner gets new life on the school funding issue. Negotiations will continue as the clock ticks and the pressure to get something done rises.
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will attend a ribbon-cutting to mark the newly reconstructed intersection at Damen, Elston and Fullerton avenues.
*Gov. Rauner will sign a bill to prevent “the expulsion of preschoolers” on the West Side. He’ll be joined by Illinois first lady Diana Rauner. In the afternoon, the governor will sign “two local consolidation bills” in Oak Brook. He’ll be joined by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
*U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Palatine High School.
*The week ahead: On Monday, the City Club of Chicago will have an infrastructure discussion featuring CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. On Tuesday, the City Club will host an education funding panel featuring two Republican lawmakers and two Democrats. On Wednesday, the Illinois House meets, and it’s Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair. On Thursday, it’s Democrat Day at the fair.
From the notebook
*Sanders’ group backing Pawar: Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar got the backing for his candidacy for the Democratic governor nomination from the “Illinois Berniecrats,” a subgroup of the U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders “Our Revolution” support organization.
The endorsement came Saturday at a meeting in Naperville. The main “Our Revolution” group is a tax-exempt organization that backs the unsuccessful 2016 presidential candidate’s agenda.
The “Illinois Berniecrats” are located in DuPage County and were formed in 2015. (Rick Pearson)
*The “Sunday Spin”: Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson’s guests were author Michael Golden, state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, and Tribune reporter Monique Garcia. The Sunday Spin airs from 7 to 9 a.m. on WGN-AM 720. Listen to the full show here.
What we’re writing
*Illinois Senate overrides Rauner’s school funding formula veto, but fate less certain in House. How they voted.
*From Sunday: Our setup for the Senate’s Sunday session, including Rauner analysis of his AV.
*Illinois Senate approves resolution asking law enforcement to recognize neo-Nazi groups as terrorist organizations.
*Chicago Public Schools proposes $5.7 billion budget that includes $269 million in city help.