Governor Rauner gives Detention to Lawmakers

Governor Bruce Rauner says he's calling a special session of the legislature Wednesday if the Democrats haven't sent him their school funding bill. He's been asking lawmakers to send him the funding reform bill they passed so he can issue an amendatory veto, removing money for Chicago teacher pensions.

News 8 asked Governor Rauner what he would do if lawmakers don't send a bill to his desk by July 31st, but he didn't give any specific plans other than sending lawmakers back to Springfield.

"It is wrong and unfair for Democrats to hold this school funding bill".

Gov. Bruce Rauner vowed again Monday to veto part of a bill that would give the Chicago Public Schools $300 million more in state money - and said he would order a special session and demand that lawmakers revise - again - the way schools are funded in IL. At the time, Rauner's Education Secretary said he supported 90% of the changes in the bill. The institute calls it a pension bailout, noting that the district has a history of poor management, including a 10-year stretch beginning in the 1990s during which the system failed to make its pension payments. "What they'll try to do is, as they've done for the last two and a half years, obfuscate, delay, have excuses, come and spin false messages to you after some meeting".

"I'd like to have a conversation with Governor Rauner in hopes of getting some clarity as to exactly what is going on", Cullerton said in a statement on Monday.

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The $36 billion fiscal 2018 state budget the legislature enacted earlier this month over Rauner's veto prohibits the flow of state money to schools in the absence of an evidence-based funding model. "We slowed down the process in the Senate in order to let everyone blow off some steam, politically speaking".

"I am happy to have all kinds of discussions after the bill is on my desk", he said. "Our schools must open on time".

Now, those tempers continue to flare from both sides of the aisle and taxpayers as another costly special session kicks off Wednesday.

Rauner says he plans to take out what he calls a "poison pill".

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