Dearly valued constituent,
Since May, my office has received a number of calls asking what the status is of the proposal to reform the way Illinois funds our schools. The proposal is also known as Senate Bill 1. I realize the process in advancing SB1 has been exceptionally confusing and difficult to follow. The purpose of today’s newsletter is to explain step by step what transpired with SB 1 leading up to today.
This week in Springfield the Illinois House & Senate approved a new school funding plan that will increase state dollars distributed to all schools across the state. SB1, which passed the Senate on May 17th by a vote of 35 Yes and 18 No, and passed the House on May 31st by a vote of 60 Yes and 52 No, was amendatory vetoed by Governor Rauner on August 1st.
A couple weeks after the veto of SB1, the identical amendatory veto language recommended by the Governor was attached to Senate Bill 1947, House Floor Amendment #4. SB1947 HFA #4 was called for a vote on August #16th in the House to test the level of support for the Governor’s recommended changes. The bill received 0 Yes votes and 60 No votes, 33 PRESENT votes and 25 did not vote and the bill failed. This is not a typo, the Governo’s recommended veto language did not receive a single vote in the House. This test vote demonstrated there was insufficient support to concur with the Governor’s changes.
Therefore, the House made an attempt to override the Governor’s amendatory veto. The Senate had already voted successfully to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of SB1 on August 13th. Teachers unions and other advocacy groups were urging the House to override the Governor’s veto. On August 28th, the House voted to override the Governor’s amendatory veto of SB1 but fell short of the necessary votes for passage and it failed. The override vote required 71 Yes votes and it only received 63. Although both votes failed, an opportunity still existed to pass a bipartisan agreement resulting from the ongoing negations conducted by the legislative leaders and the Governor.
The efforts being made to find a bipartisan compromise were successful and an agreement was finally reached last week. The agreed language was attached to Senate Bill 1947, House Floor Amendment #5. On August 28th, the House voted to approve SB1947 HFA #5, by a vote of 73 Yes and 34 No. A Summary of the bill containing the agreed language can be found on the following link: http://fundingilfuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SB1947_FactSheet_083017.pdf. On August 29th by a vote of 38 Yes and 13 No, the Senate concurred with SB 1947 HFA#5 and the bill was sent to the Governor for his signature. The Governor signed SB 1947 HFA#5 on August 31, 2017, and is now Public Act 100-0465.
Hope you find this information helpful.
Approximate School District Overall Gain- 80th Legislative District
Flossmoor District #161 $99,055.87
Frankfort District #157C $2,750.11
Wilmington District 209U $96,597.56
Manhattan District #114 $82,174.79
Chicago Heights-Park Forest District #163 $685,895.38
Chicago Heights District #170 $1,515,964.61
Homewood- Flossmoor H.S. District #233 $373,707.12
Bloom Township H.S District #206 $2,060,819.24
Elementaty District #159 $2,358.09
Rich Township H.S.District #227 $1,084,956.81
New Lenox District #122 $168,790.56
Mokena District #159 $40,216.70
Summit Hill District #161 $107,045.47
Lincoln Way H.S. District #210 $511,579.12
Steger District #194 $700,350.18
Brookwood District #167 $435,374.64
Homewood District #153 $147,617.48
Crete-Monee District 201U $459,449.26
Matteson District #162 $307,792.01
Have a good day and thank you for your support.