Demmer pushes Rauner education funding bill over Senate measure

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is reiterating his call for IL lawmakers to send him a school funding overhaul by noon, or he'll call a special session this week to deal with the issue.

Emanuel said Governor Rauner should sign the legislation, but the Governor said SB-1 takes money away from classrooms and redirects it to Chicago teacher pensions.

Lieutenant Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti has launched a petition for Illinoisans to voice their desire for the Senate to send SB 1 to the governor's desk and for schools to open on time.

"Democrats have been holding this bill since May 31", Rauner said. Our families and students can not wait any longer.

Governor Rauner wants the legislature back in town Wednesday for special session to tackle the issue.

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"We need to #FixSB1 and ensure that we have a school funding formula that is fair to all school districts, not one that gives special preference to Chicago Public Schools alone", Demmer said in his statement.

Rauner contends the $250 million grant was meant to help pay retirement-account costs - something Chicago officials and proponents of the plan reject - and so the extra money is a "bailout" for past pension-payment shortfalls.

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

State aid for K-12 schools is contingent on changing Illinois' funding formula to an "evidence-based model" like that of Senate Bill 1, which passed the legislature in May. "We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically speaking". Separately, we can, we can do it this summer or some other time - fix the pension problem in Chicago and around the state. "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." he said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Our schools must open on time". He says he wants to discuss the matter with Rauner instead of starting a costly special session.

Rauner says it's possible the state could call for evacuations if necessary.