Senate Overrides Amendatory Veto on SB-1, Heads to House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Senate has voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a public-school funding plan.

The Senate voted 38-19 Sunday to reject the Republican’s amendatory veto of a newly devised financing formula. Rauner says it is too generous to Chicago public schools.

The override needed 36 votes. It moves to the House where it also needs a three-fifths majority. Override prospects are less certain there where an override takes 71 votes and there are only 67 Democrats. The House returns to session Wednesday. They have 15 days to take up the bill following the Senate’s action.

If the house override fails, lawmakers will have to come up with a new school funding plan. In the meantime, the state cannot make any school aide payments.

Rauner’s amendatory veto removed hundreds of millions of dollars from what he calls a “bailout” for the nation’s third-largest school system. It redistributed funds and Rauner is promoting that nearly every district would get more money under his plan.

Democrats argued that Chicago educates largely low-income students. They say the Rauner plan simply takes money from one needy district to fund another.