- Associated Press - Monday, July 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Latest on Illinois lawmakers’ efforts to approve school funding legislation before the new academic year begins (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

Negotiations for a new Illinois school funding plan have broken down, jeopardizing money for classrooms statewide as the new academic year approaches.

Republican Sen. Jason Barickman on Monday ripped Democrats for what he called a “charade.” The comments came minutes after Democratic Sen. Andy Manar said he believed legislators were making progress toward a deal to ensure schools get state funds.

Instead, the Democrat-controlled Legislature appears headed to another showdown with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner gave Democrats a Monday deadline to send him a funding bill they approved in May so he could use his veto power to strip some money for Chicago Public Schools.

Democrats warned that would put funding for all of Illinois’ roughly 850 districts at risk.

Many districts are concerned about how long schools can stay open without state money.


2:15 p.m.

Illinois lawmakers have resumed negotiations on a plan to provide funding to schools in hopes of getting legislation passed before the new academic year begins.

A bipartisan group of legislators was meeting behind closed doors Monday after starting talks over the weekend.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner gave Democrats a Monday deadline to send him a new school funding bill they approved in May. He said he would immediately use his veto power to strip some money for Chicago Public Schools.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said he would release the bill Monday. But he warned that Rauner’s amendatory veto would jeopardize funding for all Illinois school districts.

It was unclear Monday afternoon if Cullerton still plans to send Rauner the plan, which aims to make funding more equitable between districts.


4:50 a.m.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’ll send a bill that overhauls how Illinois doles out money to schools to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk on Monday.

The Republican governor has said he’ll use his amendatory powers to rewrite the bill and send it back to the Senate over objections to funding for Chicago Public Schools. But he’s repeatedly declined to specify what exactly he’ll do.

To overrule Rauner, a three-fifths majority is needed. If that attempted fails, the bill dies.

Lawmakers are expected to convene Monday at noon for a special session on school funding.

A new formula is required as part of the budget that legislators approved earlier this month. Without a new calculation, schools won’t get paid. The first payment to schools is due Aug. 10.

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