Governor Has Amendatory Veto Pen Ready

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Republican Governor Bruce Rauner is still calling on Democrats to send to his desk school funding legislation that was approved in May.

The governor says he’ll sign Senate Bill 1, but he will also take out what he calls the “poison pill” within the bill. That “poison pill” is what he calls a bailout for Chicago’s teacher pension system.

“Unfortunate for the families, students and teachers of Illinois what they’re doing is playing political games with our schools,” Rauner told WMBD’s Greg and Dan.

Rauner claims Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan wants to “sit on that bill until August, until schools are screaming that they can’t open and he’s going to force that bill and say ‘No changes, you can’t amend it, just pass that bill.'”

“It’s wrong. It’s the kind of bad policy that (Democratic House Speaker Michael) Madigan has done to the state of Illinois for years.”

Rauner says Peoria Public Schools would receive $2.2 million per year after his amendatory veto action. Pekin schools would get $880,000 more per year.

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