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Senate overrides governor's veto of Senate Bill 1

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The Senate’s bipartisan override of Gov. Rauner’s veto moves Illinois one step closer to a needed overhaul of how public schools are funded. That override effort now moves to the Illinois House.

Senate Bill 1 sponsor, Senator Andy Manar, sponsor of Senate Bill 1, said, “For years, this debate has gone on in the General Assembly, and it veers off into failure for various reasons. This veto is not going to be the reason this time. Our kids deserve better. I urge the House to join us in overriding the governor’s veto.”

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton issued the following statement after the successful Senate vote:

“Our students, parents, teachers and taxpayers have waited too long for a needed overhaul of how the state funds public schools. With this bipartisan vote, the Senate moved our state one step closer to getting rid of the worst funding system in the nation. I hope the House will be able to do the same and finally bring the reform Illinois public schools need.”

Other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus reacted to today's veto override:

Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake): “Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1 was a short-sighted political move that would be devastating for Illinois schools. The governor intended to harm Chicago, but in reality, poor districts across the state would lose money if his amendatory veto were to take effect. I am proud to vote to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 1. It’s time to put politics aside and fix Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula once and for all.”

Assistant Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood): “For decades students have suffered under a broken formula that shortchanged low income children throughout the state. The governor’s veto fell far from our goal of making a quality education a reality for every child in Illinois. Our schools need the proper investment and certainty that Senate Bill 1 provides. I stand committed to making sure our schools stay open and fixing our broken funding formula.”

Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago): “The governor attempted to remove equity for Chicago from Senate Bill 1 in his amendatory veto and force Chicago Public Schools’ students to pay for a pension problem they did not create. To be truly equitable, school funding reform must recognize the fact that Chicago is the only school district in the state that is responsible for its own pension payments. Senate Bill 1 corrects this inequality and provides pension parity for Chicago Public Schools.

State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines): “Gov. Rauner attempted to insert anti-business provisions into a school funding reform bill when he vetoed it. His changes would have shifted even more of the costs of funding schools onto property tax payers and hurt our communities’ economic development efforts. I could not support the governor’s efforts to burden the middle class and homeowners. I proudly voted to fix our school funding system so that schools are adequately funded without overly relying on property taxes.”

Sen. Omar Aquino, (D- Chicago): “A majority of those enrolled in CPS are students of color. Nearly half of all CPS students are Latino. When the governor vetoed our school funding law, he once again demonstrated his unwillingness to invest in our communities. Today, my Senate colleagues and I acted to deliver certainty, stability and resources to public schools in Chicago and across the state.”

Sen. Donne Trotter (D-Chicago): He’d be sending more money to some school districts now, but is hiding the hurt he’d cause by pitting economic development against education and removing nearly $500 million from Chicago Public Schools. Hopefully, we can move forward together to provide the best education possible throughout the state.”

State Sen. Linda Holmes, (D- Aurora): “After 20 years of work toward a fairer funding model, we are closer than ever to an equitable system that gives millions of dollars in new funding to every school district in the state without creating winners and losers among schools.”

Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park): “Governor Rauner needs to stop using our children as bargaining chips to push his extreme agendas. The people of DuPage County should not have to choose between prioritizing our children and growing our economy.”

Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield): “An immediate splurge of dollars seems tempting to rule out the validity of SB 1. However, long term outcomes of the amendatory veto will erode the years of work and lead to larger problems. The education funding bill is the most significant reform in over 20 years—reform that will bring certainty to school funding, as well as fair funding for our students.”

Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey): This measure takes into account the real cost of educating a child and provides a path for providing the proper resources to achieve that goal. Our educators need certainty to plan for and deliver the world class education our students deserve.”

State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign): “The governor’s veto of SB1 would have caused irreparable damage to downstate schools like those found in Champaign and Vermilion Counties. This new formula was supported by educators across the state. I support SB1 because it provides fairness and stability in school funding. By overriding the governor’s veto, we are one step closer to fixing the formula.”

Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights): "Children living in communities with little property wealth have been relegated to a sub-par education while homeowners have suffered under increasing property taxes. A student’s zip code should never determine the level of education they receive in the wealthiest nation in the world.”

Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford): "We need a new school funding formula that helps poor children across the state and doesn't create winning and losing school districts. Senate Bill 1 benefits schools today, tomorrow and for years down the line. The governor cannot say the same about his plan.”