The school funding reform bill, Senate Bill One (SB1) was passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor for his signature. On August 1, 2017, Governor Rauner used his right to an amendatory veto and it was sent back to the Senate. The Senate accomplished what was expected in their override of the Amendatory Veto on Sunday afternoon. Democrats, along with Republican Senator Sam McCann, voted to override. Debate centered on the need to solve the funding issue for all districts and their students, not just each legislators’ own districts.
The House returns to Springfield on August 16, 2017 and they have 15 days (up until August 28) to address the override. There are 67 House Democrats and 71 votes are required for the override. Six House Republicans have indicated their plan to not seek re-election and they may hold the key to any successful override vote. If an override or other compromise cannot be passed, SB1 will die with no school funding plan in place for the start of the school year. Central 301 schools will open on time regardless of the school funding impasse in Springfield. We are able to open on time due to our budget reserves and reduced dependence on funding from the State of Illinois.