Emanuel applauds Senate override of school funding bill veto
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cheered the Illinois Senate for Sunday's override of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "flat wrong" amendatory veto of the state's public school funding bill, according to Capitol Fax.
“Governor Rauner’s education funding veto brought together rural, suburban and urban educators and legislators in bipartisan opposition to the governor and in support of today’s veto override,” Emanuel said in a statement. “This diverse group of educators and leaders knows the Senate’s education bill is right for Illinois children and the governor’s veto is flat wrong.”
Every Senate Democrat voted to override Rauner's veto of SB1, but Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) was the lone Republican to agree. The 38-19 vote effectively sent the bill to the House, which is expected to reconvene on Wednesday.
The Senate vote to override despite an Illinois State Board of Education analysis that showed that 97.5 percent of state schools would receive more funding under Rauner's changes to SB1.
“I want to thank Senate President [John] Cullerton and the state Senators who voted on behalf of students and educators,” Emanuel said in his statement. “The Senate’s vote is a bipartisan rejection of the governor’s divisive politics and of his repeated attempts to pit children with different backgrounds and from different parts of the state against one another.”