Rep. Breen Seeks Compromise on K-12 Education Funding

Lawmakers are returning to Springfield today for a special session called by Governor Rauner. In response to the Governor's call for a special session to discuss funding for K-12 Education for the 2017-2018 school year, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has issued the following statement:

"Instead of accepting a bipartisan compromise education funding plan, Illinois Democrats following the lead of their Speaker, Mike Madigan, rammed through a massive giveaway of suburban tax dollars to the Chicago Public Schools, which the governor has rightfully stated he cannot sign. Despite the governor’s promise of an Amendatory Veto, Democrats still press their education funding scheme, which puts suburban residents on the hook for the continually mounting debts of the CPS pension system. Chicago residents already pay 30-50% less in property taxes than residents of DuPage County, due to chronic and purposeful underfunding by city politicians. We should be providing relief to suburban homeowners suffering under the highest property tax burden in the country, not rewarding decades of deliberately poor behavior by Chicago Democrats.

With schools on the verge of not opening in August, Governor Rauner is doing what the Democrat majority of the General Assembly should have done and won’t do: get the legislators to Springfield to fix this mess. There are plenty of votes for a compromise education funding measure—if only House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton will allow legislators to vote on one."

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