Still No Agreement on Bill to Fund Education

Lawmakers are sending an education funding reform bill to the Governor that he plans to amend to remove extra money for Chicago schools.

Meanwhile, Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says they’ve been meeting with Republicans to try and negotiate a deal.

“I think we see progress every step of the way. So I think its important that the bill not be vetoed by Governor Rauner. That’s one reason we have held the bill. We are protective of this legislation because its an important, historic bill.”

But G-O-P lawmakers says the Democrats haven’t been dealing in good faith and Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says talks aren’t going well.

“The democrats seem to be only interested in continuing this political charade. They don’t appear to be interested in negotiating in good faith. And bringing a conclusion to the crisis that seems to exist in our school system.”

Once the governor takes action, the legislature can either accept his changes or try to override them. If neither happens, the bill dies and lawmakers will have to start all over again.

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