CHICAGO (CBS) — Governor Rauner said he is working the phones and talking to lawmakers to try to keep the Illinois House from overriding his amendatory veto of a school funding package.
The Illinois Senate has already voted to override the Governor’s school funding veto. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: New Coronavirus Cases Down Over The Past Week, But Hospitalizations Still Climbing
“Very disappointing day yesterday for the children of Illinois. I think the Senate made a terrible mistake,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.
Rauner said places like Cicero and Waukegan and downstate Decatur would suffer with the school funding package that does not include the changes he’s put in.
One Republican, who voted to override, said there is one thing worse than one-party control in Illinois and it is one man control – that man being Governor Rauner. To Governor responded to that statement laughing.READ MORE: Over 15,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
“We have had one-person rule in the state of Illinois for decades and it ain’t me,” Rauner said.
The Governor said there needs to be compromise on school funding – that Senate Bill 1 is a triple dip for Chicago.
“He clearly does not support children. He does not support, not only the children of Chicago, but throughout the state because all the children would benefit from the equitable funding,” said Julianna Stratton, J.B. Pritzker’s running mate.
The House is scheduled to vote on Wednesday.
Republican lawmaker Steve Andersson does not see an override coming in the House this week, especially since schools are expected to start on time and there’s little pressure to do something.MORE NEWS: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Asks Bidders For Chicago Casino To Submit Formal Plans By August 23
“This may be more of a test vote than a real vote. I don’t expect the override,” Andersson said.