GOP slams Cullerton for 'affront to democracy' over school funding
Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) might as well send Gov. Bruce Rauner a ransom note over the state's public school funding bill, the Illinois Republican Party said in a press release recently.
"Cullerton told the Chicago Tribune that 'We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically speaking,'" GOP spokesperson Steven Yaffe wrote. "This is a direct admission that the Chicago Machine is holding school funding hostage. John Cullerton has no right to pervert the legislative process in this way. It’s an affront to democracy."
While the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1 in May, it has not been sent to Rauner, who has vowed to strip it of $145 million in additional funding for the Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) teacher pension fund. He wants those funds distributed to schools throughout the state.
"John Cullerton and Mike Madigan should stop helping try to get their friends in Chicago a $500 million bailout and allow SB1 to reach Governor Rauner’s desk for an amendatory veto," Yaffe said in the press release.