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Senate coming back Sunday to take action on school funding reform

Senate to take up Rauner school-funding veto Sunday (WICS)

The Senate announced Wednesday that members will be in session on Sunday to take action on a school funding measure.

According to Sen. Andy Manar, the Senate is going to try to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of Senate Bill 1.

The Bunker Hill Democrat who is sponsoring Senate Bill 1 said they’ll do this with or without a compromise.

"This moment is before us, we've waited a generation for it to happen," Manar said.

A House committee also met Wednesday in Chicago.

Much of the discussion centered around Senate Bill 1.

"The governor called this a bailout for Chicago, I think he's wrong on the facts,” Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, said during the committee. “More than a quarter of the students in districts across the state will actually, on a per pupil calculation, be entitled to more revenue than will Chicago."

Rauner continued to defend his veto Wednesday at a press conference unrelated to the legislation.

Rauner also explained his administration found errors in a model the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) made on the amendatory veto.

“We pointed out the errors,” Rauner said. “The staff at ISBE agreed that our staff was correct; there were errors and they're redoing it, and we'll be publically coming out with that – I hope – I said, can we get it immediately? They said, it takes a little time. But very shortly we should have the numbers out."

Rauner is referring to, what the Illinois State Board of Education referred to as, a "significant error in the TIF EAV data that the Department of Revenue submitted to the State Board of Education for modeling.

The Illinois State Board of Education's entire statement released Tuesday reads as followed:

“State Board of Education staff transmitted a model of the Governor’s Amendatory Veto to SB 1 on Monday afternoon. At 9:27 a.m. today, August 8, 2017, State Board of Education staff received an email from Department of Revenue staff reporting a significant error in the TIF EAV data that the Department of Revenue submitted to the State Board of Education for modeling.
“Once State Board of Education staff receive a revised data set from the Department of Revenue, agency staff will update the model and re-transmit to the Governor’s Office. As with past funding reform models, it will be at the discretion of the sponsor, in this case the Governor, when and how to distribute the file.”

In order to override the amendatory veto, the Senate will need 36 yes votes. There are currently 37 Democrats serving in the Senate.

If the bill makes it out of the Senate, the House still needs to act on it.

The House is scheduled to be in on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. for session, which happens to be Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair. There will be an Appropriations - Elementary and Secondary Education Committee at 9 a.m. that same day.

The House will need 71 yes votes to approve an override. That will require both Republican and Democratic votes.

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