Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x6 - Manar: Violation of the law - Dems to request inspector general probe - LIVE Video - SDems plan press conference - Manar claims documents were “doctored” before release *** Government-leaked fake news?
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x6 - Manar: Violation of the law - Dems to request inspector general probe - LIVE Video - SDems plan press conference - Manar claims documents were “doctored” before release *** Government-leaked fake news?

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From a story published last night in the Kankakee Times, which is part of Dan Proft’s newspaper empire

Kankakee County schools would be net losers of state funding under a bill that passed the Illinois State Senate Wednesday.

Collectively, the county’s 12 school districts would get $1.15 million per year less from the state’s school funding formula, a two percent decrease from their 2015 funding levels, according to an Illinois State Board of Education analysis obtained by the Kankakee Times.

Both Kankakee County State Senators– Sen. Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) and Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago)– voted “yes” on Senate Bill 1, which passed 35-18 with three Senators voting present.

Herscher District 2 (44% decrease), Grant Park District 6 (37% decrease), Manteno District 5 (19% decrease), Bourbonnais District 53 (19% decrease), St George District 258 (17% decrease) and Bradley-Bourbonnais District 307 (16% decrease) would all be losers if Senate Bill 1 is enacted into law.

Kankakee District 111 (+9 percent), St. Anne District 302 (+8 percent), Pembroke District 259 (+7 percent) and Momence District 1 (+4 percent) all stand to receive more state funding from the bill.

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), includes a $385 million bailout of Chicago Public Schools, which face bankruptcy due to years of deficit spending.

* As I told subscribers earlier today, the ISBE analysis and the resulting newspaper article were based on Amendment 4, which the chamber did not vote on this week. Sponsoring Sen. Andy Manar says the same analysis was distributed at a budget meeting yesterday. [The two analyses were different.] More from Politico

Proft, the recipient of millions of dollars from Rauner as a political operative, oversees a chain of 20 publications. That had Manar fearing that bad district-specific information would spread across the state.

“No one in Kankakee County will lose a penny,” he said. “Everyone in Kankakee will get more,” under the bill as passed, he said. […]

“This looks a lot like the Rauner administration is leaking fake documents to a politically connected publication to manufacture problems that don’t exist so Republican members can cleanse their ‘no’ votes — and avoid being thrown under the bus by their governor,” Manar charged. […]

“This claim is false, and Manar is just trying to paper over the fact that he just ran a Chicago bailout yesterday,” said Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly. “Rather than making false, wild accusations, they should stop the partisan politics and return to the negotiating table to achieve a bipartisan school funding formula that meets the needs of all students in the state.”

Both amendments contain “hold harmless” language, so Manar is right that the reductions won’t happen.

Proft told me this morning that the piece would be corrected.

*** UPDATE 1 ***   More on the government fake news angle…

*** UPDATE 2 *** Press advisory…

Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and other Senate Democrats will react this morning to news regarding the release of fraudulent education funding numbers to a Rauner-backed political operation.

When: 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017

Where: State Capitol press briefing room (blue room)

*** UPDATE 3 *** And here’s a live video embed courtesy of our pals at

*** UPDATE 4 *** Sen. Manar just said he and his colleagues are sending a letter today to the Executive Inspector General calling for an investigation.

*** UPDATE 5 *** From the SDems…

“To me, there’s a violation of the law there,” Sen. Manar said at the presser.

*** UPDATE 6 *** We have an update on this story in a new post. So, I’m closing comments on this one. Click here to go to the new post.


  1. - winners and losers - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    NO ONE has done an analysis of SB 1 as it passed the Senate, as Amendment 5 was introduced on May 17 and SB 1 passed the Senate the same day, May 17

    You cannot hold harmless forever as some school districts are losing many students (and a few are gaining many students). Freezing funding is simply not equitable.

    And assuming $3.5 Billion to $8 Billion in NEW money to fund SB 1 is a dream (as the Chicago Sun-Times columnist stated) “because, well, a miracle could happen.”

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:40 am:

    Dan Proft is paid to make sure nothing happens but what Bruce Rauner wants to happen. If that means creating phony newspapers with those newspapers pushing narratives to either blow up support of things or destroy actual legislation or legislators on flimsy “news”, Proft has shown he will oblige.

    Proft likes to be confrontational, not someone looking for solutions. This is who Proft is.

  3. - Honeybear - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:46 am:

    Fake news

    mustard gas at Ypres.

    Malum in se

  4. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:48 am:

    Are you telling me Dan Proft made a mistake?
    And admitted it?

  5. - Hamlet's Ghost - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    == Proft told me this morning that the piece would be corrected. ==

    I’ve seen some great cartoons with the caption: “The jury will disregard . . .”

  6. - Truthteller - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Rauner figures that combined with the truth that even his $50 million can’t get him re elected, but combine the money with the lies then maybe he can make it.
    Fake news, the best hope he’s got

  7. - Biscuit Head - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:50 am:

    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos personally bought the Washington Post and has reinvigorated that newspaper to its glory days by hiring good editors and reporters and letting them do their job without editiorial/ownership interference.

    I’d love to see him (or someone else like that) take the same approach with the Chicago Sun Times.

    I’m fed up with media consolidation (TV, Radio, Newspaper) and 95% of the newsy-blogs. Most of them are no better than Facebook rants.

  8. - Fixer - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 9:56 am:

    Be interesting to see if he actually follows through with a correction.

  9. - Anon - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:05 am:

    Andy says the ‘Hold Harmless’ provision will prevent the Kankakee schools from losing their shirts if SB1 passes.

    Does that mean the schools will not see a cut in funding two, five, ten years down the road if SB1 passes? I guess I’m worried that the “hold harmless” is just political talk for it won’t hurt now, but it will hurt in the future.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:24 am:

    Sometimes the “big guns” shoot themselves and others “in their own feet”

    Proft has his money, I’m sure, so it’s cool(?)

  11. - Testy - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    A “correction” would be for typos, math errors, not a falsified document.

  12. - Reese's Pieces - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    “…stop the partisan politics and return to the negotiating table…”

    Hey ck,
    Practice what you preach or change the speech!
    Just another AFSCME thug

  13. - JS Mill - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:41 am:

    =Does that mean the schools will not see a cut in funding two, five, ten years down the road if SB1 passes?=

    Normally I would ask you to do your own research, but I think the answer is unclear.

    In Manar’s previous proposals “hold harmless” was for two years. The explanation was that two years was enough time for districts to adjust spending or revenue to correct for future funding changes.

    I do not have a clear understanding of the bill that just passed. My guess is that the “hold harmless” is for a specified period.

    For the EBM, the original plan/approach was that 2017 would be the base funding level and funding would increase from there over time depending on how much the state was willing to add to the total funding level. No one ever believed that it would be fully funded with an additional $4 billion dollars.

    Since the discussion began, legislators have worked to manipulate the factors to reduce the cost of the model so they could get a political “win”.

  14. - Harvest76 - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    Thought I would stop in and pre-release the governor’s response to this news conference at 11.

    “It’s a shame Senator Manar and the Democrats are wasting time with false accusations rather than working with my office on business-friendly reforms desperately needed to turn around the state’s economy.”

  15. - The Captain - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    Coverage follows conflict and with Manar willing to give the juicy conflict quotes this is sure getting a lot of coverage.

    Also, it’s not lost on me that Kankakee is essentially the area for the district that Parkhurst beat Cloonen last cycle. That district has been a target each time under this map.

  16. - Saluki - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    Good Grief

  17. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 11:25 am:

    ===Sen. Manar just said he and his colleagues are sending a letter today to the Executive Inspector General calling for an investigation.===

    Whoever had May 19th as the day the Senate negotiations finally conclude without agreement, please step forward to collect your winnings.

  18. - kitty - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    If it can be determined that Dan Proft was responsible in any part, perhaps there needs to be a referral to the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission.

  19. - HH is forever - Friday, May 19, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    ==I do not have a clear understanding of the bill that just passed. My guess is that the “hold harmless” is for a specified period.==

    It lasts forever. It’s totally different than any other hold harmless we’ve seen before. The Evidence-Based Model first calculates a “Base Funding Minimum” for every district, which is equal to the amount of state funding it got in FY17. A “Local Capacity Target” is calculated to determine each district’s ability to raise local revenue. The Base Funding Minimum + the Local Capacity Target are added together to represent how much the district has available.

    Meanwhile, an “Adequacy Target” is calculated that represents how much the district needs for full funding if it had best practices in place around class size, professional development, infrastructure, technology, SpEd and EL services, etc.

    Those two numbers — how much they have and much they need — enable them to figure out how adequately each district is funded.

    The final and most important step is the distribution model, which fills in the gap for the least adequately-funded districts with the first cut of money, then the next least adequately-funded, and 1% of new money to districts that are 90%+ funded.

    The point here is that the Hold Harmless is built into this model as an integral piece. There is no way there could be a loser as long as they use the real FY17 allocations. (Barickman’s bill pulled some stuff out so there were 100-200 districts that did “lose,” but not Manar.)

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Study: The party's over for Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax revenues
* Another Bears stadium false alarm
* Showcasing The Retailers Who Make Illinois Work
* Massive tollway contract screwup leads to TRO
* Welch urges judge to toss staff unions’ lawsuit
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Another supplement to today’s edition
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Burke sentenced to two years (Updated x3)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller