Emanuel cries foul after Rauner's veto of school funding bill
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel attacked Gov. Bruce Rauner after the governor's amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, arguing that Rauner is putting politics above students.
“This morning Gov. Rauner vetoed SB1, ignoring the needs of Illinois' schoolchildren, the desires of school superintendents across the state, the voices of newspaper editorials across the state, and the recommendations of his own education funding commission,” Emanuel said in a statement.
Rauner’s changes to the bill included removing a block grant for Chicago Public Schools and pension support from the formula to determine CPS’ funding. Emanuel criticized Rauner’s rationale and urged passage of the legislation in its original form.
“His math is fuzzy, his claims have been proven false and the only thing the governor's action advances is his own personal brand of cynical politics,” Emanuel said in his statement. “It is well past time for Gov. Rauner to stop playing politics with our children’s futures, start demonstrating leadership, and ensure a child's education isn't determined by their ZIP code or his political whims.”