As promised, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner issued his amendatory veto of SB 1 to protect the state from sending additional dollars to Chicago’s pension system at the expense of Illinois’ 851 schools districts. State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Highland) released the following statement:

“I’m glad Governor Rauner took swift action in order to keep the schools open on time,” said Rep. Meier. “The Governor’s amendatory veto removes additional funds that would have bailed out Chicago Public Schools at the expense of schools downstate. I will support the Governor’s amendatory veto and I will not vote to override his veto.

I have been against SB 1 from day one due to the fact the education bill included a Chicago bailout. Treating our schools equally and the same is the goal. I support the Governor’s plan to fairly fund our schools.”