As promised, Governor Bruce Rauner has ordered lawmakers back to Springfield for a special session to work on the school funding reform bill known as Senate Bill 1. Rauner wants to amend the bill to remove what he feels is a bailout of the Chicago Public Schools’ pension fund. In a statement, Rauner says the special session is necessary so Illinois schools can open on time next month and stay open with sufficient funding. Democrats approved the current version of the bill on May 31st.
Said Rauner: “The Democrats in the majority are playing political games with our children’s education. They seem to be intent on holding up school funding until August when schools need to open.”