Schimpf waiting with others for vote on school funding bill as amended
Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) said earlier this month that he has yet to get his wish on a school funding vote.
“I am encouraged that after two months of unnecessary delay the legislative process is finally playing out," Schimpf said in a statement. “I stand ready to work with my colleagues to complete this long overdue reform of the state’s education funding system. I call on Senate President (John) Cullerton (D-Chicago) to hold a vote on the governor's amendatory veto as soon as possible.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto power on Aug. 1 to strip the bill of what he deemed unfair additional funding for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The measure was immediately returned to the Legislature.
SB1 passed the Legislature in May, but Democrats withheld it from Rauner for fear of a veto. It was not sent to him until after the end of a special session he called at the end of July. Schools were scheduled to get their first state funding earlier this month, but with the bill in limbo, it appears unlikely that that will happen.