SPRINGFIELD – Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s media event in Auburn today:

“One can easily argue that Senate Bill 1 is perhaps the most scrutinized proposal in legislative history. After all those hearings, printouts, debates and reviews, the education leaders of Illinois overwhelmingly said it is the best way forward.

“Now, Gov. Rauner comes along with a secret plan. No one has seen it. He won’t tell us where he gets his numbers. His alleged problems with our proposal seem to change from news conference to news conference. How about a simple meeting of legislative leaders and education negotiators to discuss Senate Bill 1 rather than order expensive special sessions? He hasn’t done that this year or, for that matter, since taking office.

“Bruce Rauner wants to be known as the education governor. He promised to overhaul the state’s worst-in-the-nation funding system. Senate Bill 1 gives the governor the chance to honor his promise and be the governor he wants to be. When that reality finally sinks in on Gov. Rauner, we will send him Senate Bill 1 and look forward to the signing ceremony.”

Category: School Funding Reform

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