* Gov. Rauner was asked about education funding reform in last night’s debate…
RAUNER: “Kaitlin, education funding is simply the most important thing we do together as a community. I ran for governor to have the best schools in America and the strongest, fastest growing economy, and we’re making progress on both. Truth is, in the ten years before I became governor, we had one party rule, dominated by Mike Madigan, along with Blagojevich and Quinn. In that ten years, state support for education was cut four times in the prior ten years. We were one of the worst states for state support for local education. I ran for governor to fix that. And this baloney about Andy Manar. He was in the Senate then, he was part of the failure of that. I became governor. I created a bipartisan task force. We now have $1.4 billion dollars more every year from the state to our local schools. Record funding. And we have a new education funding formula that’s more equitable.”
PRITZKER: “That happened in spite of you, not because of you, governor.”
RAUNER: “That I led, Mr. Pritzker. Could have happened anytime prior to my governorship.”
PRITZKER: “Happened in spite of you.”
RAUNER: “And you know what? If you’re going to interrupt, [PAUSE] be careful about the perjury, Mr. Pritzker.”
* Sen. Manar’s response…
Manar also did a radio interview this morning, but I haven’t listened to it yet.