* Pritzker campaign…
As Bruce Rauner threatens to call a special session on education funding today, it is important to recognize that Rauner clearly doesn’t understand what’s in his own plan.
Rauner is committed to amendatory vetoing SB 1, even creating a web page with unverified numbers to spread his misinformation. But when pressed by reporters as to why he is doing this or where his numbers came from, Rauner had no answers. Rauner refused to provide a yes or no as to whether the Illinois State Board of Education even scored his plan, saying his numbers came from, “our administration in conjunction with, uh, our legislators and in conjunction with, uh, school officials.” Really convincing.
“Bruce Rauner is ready to call a special session and potentially shut down Illinois schools to force an education funding plan he doesn’t even understand,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “This shoot first ask questions later strategy is evidence of a failed governor and his new radical staff, desperate for a political victory no matter how many schools and children get hurt in the process.”
Editorial Boards Call on Democrats to Release SB1
Madigan Democrats Should Stop Holding Schoolchildren Hostage
Mike Madigan and his allies in Springfield are holding schoolchildren hostage for a $500 billion Chicago bailout. They’re refusing to release SB1, the education funding bill, to Governor Rauner’s desk for an amendatory veto to release school funding and remove the bailout.
They are trying to use our children’s education as a leverage for Madigan’s Chicago bailout.
It’s wrong, and editorial boards across Illinois are calling them out for it.
The Belleville News-Democrat editorial board is calling it “legislative extortion”.
“Send the bill to the governor now. Let him use his amendatory veto, and put it to a vote now.”
The Southern Illinoisan editorial board wrote this weekend that, “Some things need to be above politics. Educating our children should be at the top of the list.”
“Take out the Chicago pension funding provision and get the bill to the governor’s desk.”
Mike Madigan – it’s time to release education funding and drop your Chicago bailout.
* The Southern also wrote this, by the way…
In the meantime, it’s time for the two sides to quit bickering and put a plan in place. […]
It is time for a pragmatic approach. Take out the Chicago pension funding provision and get the bill to the governor’s desk. And, the governor has to keep the goalposts in place and affix his signature.
The governor is holding a Thompson Center press conference at 10:30 this morning with House GOP Leader Jim Durkin and Senate GOP Leader Bill Brady. I’ll let you know what happens.